He was my favorite author from age 19 - 24. I first read 2666 and found it mysterious as fuck, in an expansive, metaphysical way. Then I quickly consumed the rest of his works, and kinda liked them, especially his short stories.
But I guess I've fallen away from him in the last year or so, his writing doesn't really influence me anymore. I read Ada, or Ardor last year and I guess Nabokov is my favorite author now.
He's good but most people who meme about it read either only Savage Detectives or 2666, or more likely, a Wikipedia summary of one/the other/both.
He's uneven and it's sad 2666 wasn't polished (which is astounding, then, that it's as good as it is), but traversing through a majority of his oeuvre yields really good insights and feelings into Bolano as an author and his vision imo.
He's a sort of an inverse Borges to me. Borges can make you shiver and awe just talking about books. But Bolaño makes you go through all this visceral violence, sex, only to realize that with all this debauchery he was talking about literature and poetry all along and that it all happened in a library.
>>7553463 ru me, 20 read 2666 last summer, then savage detctives, woes of true policeman, last evenings on earth and by night in chile. Have more of his stuff ordered to arrive soon, but 2666 and Savage Detectives are his best work, everything else pales in comparison.
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