By Roberto Bolaño
THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed within the final years of Roberto Bolaño’s existence, 2666 was greeted throughout Europe and Latin the United States as his maximum success, surpassing even his earlier paintings in its strangeness, attractiveness, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters comprises lecturers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage pupil and her widowed, mentally volatile father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place thousands of younger manufacturing facility employees, within the novel as in existence, have disappeared.
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The older of them was one of those small, old Italians who always wear their hats tipped forward over their brows as if they were, even in the rain, enduring the glare of an equinoctial sun. These same old men walk with their knees quite high in the air as if they were forever climbing those hills on the summits of which so much of Italy stands. The younger man had a mustache and smiled a great deal. They both refused wine and coffee—they refused to sit down—and on Fridays they paid Sam his salary.
Their friendship was a highly practical relationship, characterized principally by skepticism. She said that it had been very cold, there was no snow, and while she had seen no skaters on the big pond she guessed that it was frozen. His skates, she knew, were in the attic along with his Piranesi folio and his collection of mounted butterflies. This was on a Sunday morning in late January and he took a train, a local, to the province where his daughter lived. His name was Lemuel Sears. He was, as I say, an old man but not yet infirm.
We don’t need very much. We don’t need much at all. He doesn’t have nobody but the family. He won’t even join the volunteer fire department. I’m too old to work in fast-food places and I can’t sew fast enough for that sweatshop in Lansville. ” Luigi asked. “Yes. We live on Hitching Post Lane. ” The chain of energy in the Salazzo organization was exactingly familial and traditional. Their home in southern Italy had been along the sea before the Mediterranean had been bankrupted but they had none of the attributes of a maritime people with the exception of pirates.
2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño