I’ve never read any of Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s raved-about novels (2666 or The Savage Detectives) and yet I had already formed an opinion of what to expect from his writing. I was anticipating heavy prose, full of political talk and a call-to-arms to rebel against authority. However, having raced through this collection of his short stories, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case at all.
His writing focuses on the smaller details and issues – I would say mundane, but an exile’s version of mundane is not the same as that shared by most people – of daily life, yet the reader senses a lot more simmering below the surface. More