2666 by Roberto Bolaño audiobook

2666: A Novel

By Roberto Bolaño
Translated by Natasha Wimmer
Read by Scott Brick , Grover Gardner , G. Valmont ThomasJohn Lee , and Armando Durán

Blackstone Publishing 9780374100148
39.27 Hours Unabridged
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Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’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 Juárez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.

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Summary

Summary

A BookRiot Pick of 10 Great Audiobooks in Translation

Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An Oprah Irresistible Read

A New York Times bestseller

A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2008 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Pick of 5 Essential Mind-Bending Novels

A 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction

A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

A 2008 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction

Selected for the December 2008 Indie Next List

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’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 Juárez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This surreal novel can’t be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A display of novelistic mastery and as devastating a reading experience as you are likely ever to encounter.” Time
“Every scene is powerful and realistic; yet the overall effect is hallucinatory and dreamlike.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Think of David Lynch, Marcel Duchamp, and the Bob Dylan of ‘Highway 61 Revisited,’ all at the peak of their lucid yet hallucinatory powers.” New York Times
“Should cement his reputation as a world-class novelist…Bolaño has joined the immortals.” Washington Post
“Bolaño’s true masterpiece…He writes with a horror that is both haunting and deeply humane.” Amazon.com
“Bolaño grabs us by the scruff of the neck and pushes our heads into the abyss. For Bolaño, the year 2666 is the symbolic culmination of humanity’s neglect and violence, a state of being that has become our modus operandi…That, Bolaño suggests, is where it all starts: at the very spot where we stop paying attention and slip into deadened stasis.” The Millions
“Bolano’s masterwork…An often shockingly raunchy and violent tour de force.” New York Review of Books
“[2666] is divided into five books, each read here by a different narrator, each in his way extraordinary. John Lee is especially subtle with accents, Armando Durán brings his mostly Spanish-flavored section to vivid life, G. Valmont Thomas lends ‘The Part about Fate’ a deadpan humor, and Grover Gardner gives the saga of the writer Benno von Archimboldi a compelling pace. Scott Brick[’s] characters’ voices are outstanding.” AudioFile
“It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of those strange, exquisite, and astonishing experiences that literature offers us only once in a very long time.”  El País
“The book explores evil with irony, without any theory or resolution, relying on storytelling alone as its saving grace…Each story is an adventure: a fresco at once horrifying, delicate, grotesque, redundant, and absurd, revealed by the flashlight of a child who stands at the threshold of a cave he will never leave.” Liveration
“On every page the reader marvels, hypnotized, at the capacity of this baroque writer to encompass all literary genres in a single fascinating, enigmatic story…It is a fully realized work by a pure genius at the height of his powers.” Lire
“[A] work of huge importance…a complex literary experience, in which the author seeks to set down his nightmares while he feels time running out.” El Mundo
“To say that 2666 is a novel is like calling a Beethoven symphony a collection of songs. If we must, though, this novel in five parts is without doubt Roberto Bolaño’s masterwork, epic in scope, labyrinthine, frustrating, disjointed, maybe a bit pretentious, always somewhat aloof—and brilliant.” Bookmarks

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Author

Author Bio: Roberto Bolaño

Author Bio: Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, France, and Spain. He has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” and as “the real thing and the rarest” by Susan Sontag. Among his many prizes are the prestigious Premio Herralde de Novela and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. Bolaño is widely considered the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry before his death at the age of fifty.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 39.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English