A Little Lumpen Novelita (audiobook)

Translated by Natasha Wimmer
1.8 hrs • 2 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/13/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 02/13/18 9781538433362
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 02/13/18 9781538433386
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“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.

Review Quotes

“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.”


“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.”