Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 1998. 1st Edition. Thick octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff wraps, french flaps.
"I'm reading the dead Mexican poets, my future colleagues." True first edition of Roberto Bolaño’s self-referential and postmodernist novel, one of a group of his masterpieces written in quick succession in the late 1990s. The book follows a Chilean and a Mexican poet in the 1970s who are searching for a Mexican poet of the 1920s, a quest that contains the seed of Bolaño's posthumously published 2666, which also centers on a mysterious and secretive writer. Bolaño was a Chilean novelist, poet, essayist, and short-story writer whose electrifying political life has made him a figure of global fascination. In 1973 he left Mexico, where he had been living, to support Salvador Allende’s democratic socialist government in Chile, but was imprisoned there for eight days following Pinochet’s military coup – an experience Bolaño described in his stories "Dance Card" and "Detectives." Though he considered himself a poet, Bolaño began writing more fiction in his early forties out of financial necessity, and his first novel to be published in English – By Night in Chile – was released by New Directions in 2003 to critical acclaim from Susan Sontag. Bolaño died the same year, at the age of 50. In Los Detectives Salvajes, Bolaño identifies himself with the writer who is seeking, rather than with the one who is sought. Daniel Zalewski wrote in the New Yorker that Bolaño's style in this novel is "worthy of its own name: visceral modernism." Text in Spanish. Author photo to front flap by Anna Oswaldo-Cruz Lehner. Light rubbing to spine-ends, else fine. Item #3265