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A Little Lumpen Novelita

By Roberto Bolaño
Translated by Natasha Wimmer
Read by Gabra Zackman

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538433379

  • ISBN: 9781538433362

  • ISBN: 9781538433386

Runtime: 1.81 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime.” So Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome in A Little Lumpen Novelita.

Orphaned overnight as a teenager—“our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us”—she drops out of school and gets a crappy job. At night, she is plagued by a terrible brightness, and soon she drifts into bad company. Her little brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns she can fall even lower.

Electric and tense with foreboding, with its jagged, propulsive short chapters beautifully translated by Natasha Wimmer, A Little Lumpen Novelita—one of the last novels Roberto Bolaño published—delivers a surprising, fractured fairy tale of taking control of one’s fate.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus.” Junot Díaz, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the best books of the year…As substantial as a book three times as long…This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you’d expect from Bolaño.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Among Bolaño’s most intoxicating works. Obsessive and ambiguous, its open-ended nature is reflective not only of the protagonist but of the author himself.” NPR
“The very highest level of literary achievement.” Colm Tóibín, author of The Testament of Mary
A Little Lumpen Novelita may be Bolaño’s best trick, and greatest gift, ever.” Gawker

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Author

Author Bio: Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, France, and Spain. He has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” and as “the real thing and the rarest” by Susan Sontag. Among his many prizes are the prestigious Premio Herralde de Novela and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. Bolaño is widely considered the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry before his death at the age of fifty.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 1.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English