2666 is hugely ambitious and wildly successful. Make no mistake, it is a
novel that poses diverse challenges to the reader. Colored by modern
global tragedies, and the specter of Bolano’s own impending death, the
playfulness that made The Savage Detectives such a joy has darkened in
2666 to an almost unbearable pallor. Yet, bearing witness to its
virtuosic riffs on the Great Themes is exhilarating. From academia to
the streets, five interrelated tales revolve around the unpunished
murders of hundreds of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It is a
prismatic refraction of a black hole. Achieving through poetry what is
impossible in life, both timely and timeless, 2666 is a masterpiece.
— Sara, Atlanta
December 2008 Indie Next List
“2666 is the culmination of Roberto Bolano's expansive brilliance, as traces of such previous works as The Savage Detectives have been perfected and fused together seemlessly as part of a larger whole. This is a daring book that takes major risks throughout, and its overall impact is impossible to ignore or ever forget.”
— Nathan Halter, The Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, PA
Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope. The book's subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist's works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother's death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juarez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.