A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNERNew York Times Book Review "10 Best Books of 2008 """Time "Magazine's"" Best Book of 2008 "Los Angeles Times "Best Books of 2008 """San Francisco Chronicle'"s 50 Best Fiction Books of 2008 """Seattle Times "Best Books of 2008 """New York Magazine "Top Ten Books of 2008 """"" Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.In the words of "The Washington Post," "With "2666," Roberto Bolano joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, those like Proust, Musil, Joyce, Gaddis, Pynchon, Fuentes, and Vollmann, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, if sometimes idiosyncratic, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it. Bolano has joined the immortals.""
ROBERTO BOLANO was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953, and grew up in Chile and Mexico City. His first full-length novel, "The Savage Detectives," received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. He died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty."