Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Ignacio López-Calvo
      Pages 1-14
  3. General Overview

  4. Two Major Novels

  5. Short Novels and Short Stories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
  6. Prose Poetry and Poetry in Prose

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-220

About this book


Roberto Bolaño has attained an almost mythical stature and is often considered the most influential Latin American writer of his generation. The first English-language volume of essays on the Chilean author, Roberto Bolaño, a Less Distant Star: Critical Essays, includes ten critical essays of his oeuvre. With a special emphasis on his masterpieces: 2666, The Savage Detectives, By Night in Chile, and Distant Star, the essays address topics such as Borges's influence and the role of repetition, social memory, allegory, and neoliberalism.


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About the authors

Ignacio López-Calvo is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Merced, USA. He is the author of seven books including Dragons in the Land of the Condor: Tusán Literature and Knowledge in Peru, The Affinity of the Eye: Writing Nikkei in Peru, and Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction.

Bibliographic information


“López-Calvo (Univ. of California, Merced) has gathered nine critical essays … intended to feed interest in Roberto Bolaño both as a formidable cultural critic and (as López-Calvo writes in his essay) as the ‘most influential Latin American writer of his generation’ (as he is touted to be). … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (K. M. Sibbald, Choice, Vol. 53 (5), January, 2016)

"Roberto Bolaño, A Less Distant Star: Critical Essays is the first English-language book examining, from different perspectives, the oeuvre of the most important Latin American writer of the last two decades. Ignacio López-Calvo, a sophisticated scholar and author of seven important single-authored books and six edited volumes about Latin American literature, has once again been successful in rigorously selecting ten outstanding essays, some of which are brilliant. I am sure that this book will immediately become crucial in understanding the complex opus of Bolaño, a postmodern Che of the contemporary Latin American novel." - Fernando Valerio-Holguín, Professor of Latin American Literature, Colorado State University, USA and author of Presence of Trujillo in Contemporary Narrative

"In recent years Roberto Bolaño's body of work has become central to Latin American literature. In its depth and breadth, this collection helps explain why. Roberto Bolaño, A Less Distant Star: Critical Essays will quickly become a guiding light for serious scholarship on Bolaño." - Rudyard Alcocer, Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages, The University of Tennessee, Knoxvillle, USA

"A useful reference for specialized and non-specialized readers, this collection, the first of its kind available in English, is an effective introduction to Roberto Bolaño's literature that at the same time advances key debates among scholars of his works, such as the question of the intersection of literature and politics, identity, literary genealogies, and the general history of power and violence in the West. These critical essays offer together a revealing map for those seeking to navigate Bolaño's imaginary, and an engaging discussion for those who continue journeying through his rich literary universe." - Oswaldo Zavala, Associate Professor of English, College of Staten Island & The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA