Very interesting manifestation of the Bolaño effect, eh? Although I see that many academic publications of this type (not all but many) still seem to grapple with the idea of not knowing whether to classify B as a Latin American writer or a writer who should be lumped in with peninsular Spain's new canon in progress. Curiously, this was never really an issue with the Boom writers who wrote many of their most famous works from the Latin America II known as Europe. Hmm, I'm not sure what my point is now...
He's a peculiar reference point, no. To paraphrase Borges, good writing does not belong to anyone but to language and to tradition.
I have the VSO book as I'm a great fan of them and the other looks Interesting using Bolano as some cut off point post or pre him, wonder what he would have thought of that.
He would probably shrug his shoulders, wondering what the fuss was all about.
Not knowing anything about Bolaño, do you think this is deserving?
I'd just say that making Bolaño a cut-off is useful.
two interesting sound books Rise I like the very short books so will pick this one up ,all the best stu
Will await your take on it, Stu. I'll most likely not encounter these titles in local bookstores so I doubt I'll get to them.