A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto BolañoA Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño

A Little Lumpen Novelita

byRoberto Bolaño

Paperback | April 5, 2016

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“Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime”: so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome. Orphaned overnight as a teenager—“our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us”—she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, and drifts into bad company. Her younger brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns how low she can fall. Electric, tense with foreboding, and written in jagged, propulsive chapters, A Little Lumpen Novelita delivers a surprising, fractured fable of seizing control of one’s fate.
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),” and as “the real thing and the rarest” (S...
Title:A Little Lumpen NovelitaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.4 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811225151

ISBN - 13:9780811225151


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bolaño I'm not sure if it is because Natasha Wimmer is again the translator here, or because this was written close to the end of Bolaño's life and 2666, but this short work seems much nearer to that masterpiece than other Bolaño I've read (By Night in Chile, Last Evenings on Earth, Nazi Literature in the Americas). Though everything Bolaño wrote carries his stamp, I felt this one was closest to the heights he reached in 2666. There are effects in here that I have no idea how to describe, let alone explain. Uncanny.
Date published: 2018-08-19

Editorial Reviews

A Little Lumpen Novelita, while short, is among Bolano’s most intoxicating works. Obsessive and ambiguous, its open-ended nature is reflective not only of the protagonist but of the author himself. And it further cements him as a master of the form, of any form. — Juan Vidal (NPR)One of the best books of the year—A Little Lumpen Novelita feels as substantial as a book three times as long.… This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you’d expect from Bolano. — Gabe Habash (Publishers Weekly)A Little Lumpen Novelita may be Bolano’s best trick, and greatest gift, ever. — GawkerAs for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus. — Junot Díaz