Nazi Literature in the Americas, Paperback Book
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, Roberto Bolano's Nazi Literature in the Americas details the lives of a rich cast of characters from one of the most extraordinary imaginations in world literature.

Written with sharp wit and virtuosic flair, this encyclopaedic group of fictional pan-American authors is the terrifyingly humorous and remarkably inventive masterpiece which made Bolano famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world.


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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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