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
“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
Written with burning intesity in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life, "2666" has been greeted across the world as the great writer's masterpiece, surpassing everything in imagination, beauty and scope. It is a novel on an astonishing scale from a passionate visionary.
'The best book of 2008 ... A masterpiece, the electrifying literary event of the year' "Time"
'Readers who have snacked on Haruki Murakami will feast on Roberto Bolano' "Sunday Times"
'Bolano makes you feel changed for having read him; he adjusts your angle of view on the world' "Guardian"