The Savage Detectives

  • Author Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrator Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 1 day, 2 hours and 58 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Fiction: general and literary.

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What to expect

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Márquez of his generation. In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes—the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself—on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe.

Brilliantly rendered into English by Natasha Wimmer, the acclaimed translator of Bolaño’s other great masterwork, 2666, The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, wildly inventive and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

Critics Review

  • “Wildly enjoyable…Bolaño beautifully manages to keep his comedy and his pathos in the same family.”

    New York Times Book Review
  • The Savage Detectives, which, like 2666, has been translated with wonderful agility by Natasha Wimmer, catapulted [Bolaño] from obscurity to worshipful adulation.”

    Janet Maslin, New York Times
  • “Deeply satisfying…Bolaño’s book throws down a great, clunking, formal gauntlet to his readers’ conventional expectations.”

    Los Angeles Times
  • “An utterly unique achievement—a modern epic rich in character and event…[Bolaño is] the most important writer to emerge from Latin America since García Márquez.”

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Combustible…A glittering, tumbling diamond of a book…When you are done with this book, you will believe there is no engine more powerful than the human voice.”

    Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • “One of the most respected and influential writers of [his] generation…At once funny and vaguely, pervasively, frightening.”

    Nation

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