3RD REICH by Roberto Bolano3RD REICH by Roberto Bolano


byRoberto Bolano

Hardcover | August 22, 2013

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On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals--the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado--and to the darker side of life in a resort town.

Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo's well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel. Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, Udo's favorite World War II strategy game, and Udo discovers that the game's consequences may be all too real.

Written in 1989 and found among Roberto Bolaño's papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. Reading this quick, visceral novel, we see a world-class writer coming into his own--and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666.

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bolaño died in Bla...
Title:3RD REICHFormat:HardcoverPublished:August 22, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0374275629

ISBN - 13:9780374275624

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Reinterpreting the legacy of the Latin American literary boom, Roberto Bolaño's prizewinning fiction balances hilarity with provocative explorations of the human psyche. His most substantial works have only recently become available in English; his epic novel 2666 won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008, five years after the author's death at age fifty. The Third Reich showcases an early achievement by this stunningly gifted writer. Written in 1989 and found among Bolaño's papers after his death, this is the story of a German war-games champion named Udo who meets his match while vacationing on Spain's Costa Brava. Returning to the Hotel Del Mar, where he spent the summers of his childhood, Udo is accompanied by his beloved Ingeborg. It's the couple's first holiday together, but his greater obsession is Third Reich, his favorite World War II strategy game. At a bar one night, Udo is introduced to a severely disfigured local known as El Quemado, who later becomes his Third Reich opponent. But El Quemado seems to think that the game is a very real projection of his life--and a means to push Udo to the brink of insanity. When Charly, another German vacationer, vanishes without a trace, Udo suspects that El Quemado is involved. Ingeborg eventually returns to Germany alone while Udo extends his stay; he's drawn to the Del Mar's beautiful proprietor, Frau Else, whose dying husband may hold the key to El Quemado's mysterious quest. As the Allies close in on Udo, he realizes that he's poised to lose much more than a game. The questions and discussion topics that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Roberto Bolaño's The Third Reich. We hope they will enrich your experience as you explore this literary treasure.

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