Woes of the True Policeman

Author(s): Roberto Bolano


Crushed by a devastating scandal, university professor Oscar Amalfitano flees Barcelona for Santa Teresa -- a Mexican city close to the US border. In this sprawling town, where women are being killed in staggering numbers, Amalfitano begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings, while his daughter, Rosa, reeling from the weight of his secrets, seeks solace in a romance of her own. Featuring characters and stories from The Savage Detectives and 2666, Woes of the True Policeman explores the power of art, memory, and desire -- and marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.


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'Hallucinatory, manic, fearful, comic ... Bolano must be read by anyone who loves the novel' Herald 'There is a power in these pages that very few writers ever achieve' Scotsman 'A further demonstration of Bolano's profound capacity to inhabit a seemingly limitless variety of perspectives with humor and empathy ... an event of language and devilish wit' Wall Street Journal

Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

General Fields

  • : 9781447233305
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : December 2013
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Roberto Bolano
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 863.64
  • : 256