Nazi Literature in the Americas, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Featuring several mass-murdering authors, two fraternal writers at the head of a football-hooligan ring and a poet who crafts his lines in the air with sky writing, Nazi Literature in the Americas details the lives of a rich cast of characters from one of the most extraordinarily fecund imaginations in world literature.

Written with acerbic wit and virtuosic flair, this encyclopaedic cavalcade of fictional pan-American authors is the terrifyingly humorous and remarkably inventive masterpiece which made Bolano famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. One of the most exhilarating, intense and dangerous voices to emerge from South America ...[Nazi Literature in the Americas] is a parade of delusional, mediocre, vicious and pitiable poetasters, a scabrous parlour game that reveals much about literature, power and complicity.

Very funny indeed.' Scotland on Sunday The triumphant posthumous entrance of Roberto Bolano into the English-language literary firmament has been one of the sensations of the decade.' Sunday Times The best and weirdest kind of literary game ...This artful alternate history of modern literature, stitched together from loose ends, half-told stories and deft episodes of pastiche, is a strangely profound place to get lost. ' Financial Times




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Another of Roberto Bolano's smug literary endeavours. The prose is nice enough, as always, but this book is nothing more than a smart idea that has no where to go. The encyclopedic entries are for the most part dry and tedious, only occasionally funny. They quickly become repetitive because there's no emotional involvement to be had - as one reviewer has already noted, no-one reads an encyclopedia cover to cover for good reasons. The book picks up towards the end when the entries become a bit longer and the individuals are more fleshed out. The epilogue is also more amusing than most of what came before. Yet despite ending on a good note I can't really recommend NLITA. It's more of the same smart, but unlovable, writing that made <i>The Savage Detectives</i> such a bore.

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Borges like literary conceit. Occassionally laugh out loud, but always sharply observed and disturbing.

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