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Read online Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 em Between Parentheses em collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues Taken together as the editor Ignacio Echevarr a remarks in his introduction they provide a personal cartography of the writer the closest thing among all his writings to a kind of fragmented autobiography Bolano s career as a nonfiction writer began in the year he became famous overnight for em The Savage Detectives em he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water Cantankerous irreverent and insufferably opinionated Bolano also could be tender about his family and favorite places as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes Borges Cort zar Parra and his favorite contemporaries whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously A demanding critic he declares that in his ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior he argues for courage and especially for bravery in the face of failure em Between Parenthese em s fully lives up to his own demands I ask for creativity from literary criticism creativity at all levels by Roberto Bolaño, Ignacio Echevarría, Natasha Wimmer

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Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003
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Number of Pages:390
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