The Savage Detectives (Playaway Adult Fiction) (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Roberto Bolano, Armando Duran (Read by), Eddie Lopez (Read by)
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The Savage Detectives astounds. A thriller set in the midst of an underground poetry movement featuring outlaw heroes who pass the time quizzing each other on structural terms of classical verse, it expertly balances seemingly incompatible tendencies. It is a book steeped in politics that manages to remain fervently anti-political; at once cultured and coarse; absolutely compelling but improbably tedious in places; decidedly omitting of all verse. Bolano called The Savage Detectives a “love letter” to his generation that came of age in the 60s and 70s – idealists fueled on art, sex, and drugs, for which the aesthetic quest, for the distillation of the meaning of life through art was urgent and essential. Yet the dissolution of these ideals through the poets’ descent into quotidian hazards (pettiness, debauchery, a daily living, the pretensions of the literary elite) provides the novel’s central conflict: a reminder that Literature (indeed all Art), despite its ambitions, can never attain its goal. Should we continue to search? If it provides the intellectual thrills of this brilliant novel, the answer is a resounding YES.

— Sara, Atlanta


In this dazzling novel which established his reputation as the Garca Marquez of his generation, Robert Bolao tells the story of two modern-day Quixotesthe last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itselfon a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433292682
ISBN-10: 1433292688
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: February 1st, 2010
Language: English
Series: Playaway Adult Fiction