Last Evenings on Earth

Last Evenings on Earth The melancholy folklore of exile as Roberto Bolano once put it pervades these fourteen haunting stories Bolano s narrators are usually writers grappling with private and generally unlucky quests wh

  • Title: Last Evenings on Earth
  • Author: Roberto Bolaño ChrisAndrews
  • ISBN: 9780811216883
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • The melancholy folklore of exile, as Roberto Bolano once put it, pervades these fourteen haunting stories Bolano s narrators are usually writers grappling with private and generally unlucky quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime These protagonists tend to take detours and to narrate unresolved efforts Th The melancholy folklore of exile, as Roberto Bolano once put it, pervades these fourteen haunting stories Bolano s narrators are usually writers grappling with private and generally unlucky quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime These protagonists tend to take detours and to narrate unresolved efforts They are characters living in the margins, often coming to pieces, and sometimes, as in a nightmare, in constant flight from something horrid.In the short story Silva the Eye, Bolano writes in the opening sentence It s strange how things happen, Mauricio Silva, known as The Eye, always tried to escape violence, even at the risk of being considered a coward, but the violence, the real violence, can t be escaped, at least not by us, born in Latin America in the 1950s, those of us who were around 20 years old when Salvador Allende died Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin America and Europe, and peopled by Bolano s beloved failed generation, the stories of Last Evenings on Earth have appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street.

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    1. Roberto Bolaño ChrisAndrews

      For most of his early adulthood, Bola o was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.Bola o moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector working during the day and writing at night He continued with poetry, before shifting to fiction in his early forties In an interview Bola o stated that he made this decision because he felt responsible for the future financial well being of his family, which he knew he could never secure from the earnings of a poet This was confirmed by Jorge Herralde, who explained that Bola o abandoned his parsimonious beatnik existence because the birth of his son in 1990 made him decide that he was responsible for his family s future and that it would be easier to earn a living by writing fiction However, he continued to think of himself primarily as a poet, and a collection of his verse, spanning 20 years, was published in 2000 under the title The Romantic Dogs.Regarding his native country Chile, which he visited just once after going into voluntary exile, Bola o had conflicted feelings He was notorious in Chile for his fierce attacks on Isabel Allende and other members of the literary establishment In 2003, after a long period of declining health, Bola o died It has been suggested that he was at one time a heroin addict and that the cause of his death was a liver illness resulting from Hepatitis C, with which he was infected as a result of sharing needles during his mainlining days However, the accuracy of this has been called into question It is true that he suffered from liver failure and was close to the top of a transplant list at the time of his death.Bola o was survived by his Spanish wife and their two children, whom he once called my only motherland Although deep down he always felt like a poet, his reputation ultimately rests on his novels, novellas and short story collections Although Bola o espoused the lifestyle of a bohemian poet and literary enfant terrible for all his adult life, he only began to produce substantial works of fiction in the 1990s He almost immediately became a highly regarded figure in Spanish and Latin American letters.In rapid succession, he published a series of critically acclaimed works, the most important of which are the novel Los detectives salvajes The Savage Detectives , the novella Nocturno de Chile By Night In Chile , and, posthumously, the novel 2666 His two collections of short stories Llamadas telef nicas and Putas asesinas were awarded literary prizes In 2009 a number of unpublished novels were discovered among the author s papers.

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    1. We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain Roberto Bola o sigh I m always at loss of words whenever I try to explain how Bola o s writing makes me feel and most of the times I only manage to come up with clich s like I m at loss of words I read him for purely selfish purpose, whenever I just want to get lost in some unfamiliar land of story telling by my imaginary friend B , B for Bo la o Last Evenings on Earth is a collect [...]

    2. I prefer not to say anything, she wrote, there s no point adding to the pain, or adding our own little mysteries to it As if the pain itself were not enough of a mystery, as if the pain were not the mysterious answer to all mysteries Anne Moore s Life The short story is the perfect form for Bola o s talents, his two big novels being composed essentially of chained bursts of prose that might stand as stories on their own He is the master of the resonant scene, the character who fades from the rea [...]

    3. Hola se or We meet again I see you ve cleaned up your act this time I m not going to lie, I missed the filth a bit in this one, but you ve got enough grit to go around so I won t fault you for it Sigh Oh se or, why are all the good ones dead Bola o gives us a glimpse into the life of the struggling artist with this collection of stories Brilliantly, of course A poet can endure anything Which amounts to saying that a human being can endure anything But that s not true there are obviously limits t [...]

    4. I am in love with Bolano I don t think I have come across anything as ingenious as Bolano s Last Evenings on Earth, for quite some time A collection of 14 short stories that mostly tell the tales of amateur authors, wandering lives, forgettable love episodes, randomly struck friendships The narrative, in most stories, is infused with biographies of good writers, bad writers, failed writers, forgotten writers Writing becomes a quest, an obsession, a life force, a life history Something that is ne [...]

    5. 1 viva susan sontag bola o is the it writer of the moment and my rebellious, contrarian, and bratty self wanted to hate him or just not read him then i caught sontag s seal of approval and knew i hadda dive head first into the ol zeitgeist lucky me 2 these tales aren t about all that much, but, holyshit brother , is there all that much there most of em owe a debt to borges in their ultra obsession with books, writers, reading a few actually follow the master s game of tracking a life solely thro [...]

    6. We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain I am late to the Bola o party since many of my GR friends have read and adored his work years before, but allow me to gush just a little bit There is something so captivating about his stories I read practically the entire book waiting in airports and traveling over the weekend, completely engrossed in the pages I began to think about what makes his work so interesting, and I think [...]

    7. bolano is just flat out one of the best writers of the last fifty years these stories compare to the nick adams stories except with strange hallucinogenic thoughts that course through the protagonist s brain the stories follow b, who is most definitely arturo belano, bolano s alter ego who also shows up in the savage detectives the stories find him in spain, france, belgium, and mexico, landing in odd places for odd reasons, always with a desire to read and an inability to sleep the stories are [...]

    8. Oh the melancholy The longing The detachment The beautiful sorrow Bola o speaks my language And it s all a dream and it s all slightly out of focus And it s wonderful.

    9. Last Evenings on Earth was my first encounter with Bola o s writing Like many short story collections, there were some that were just meh and others that were gripping and engaging Overall, the stories were good and I m encouraged to read of his work.Bola o reminds me a bit of Borges The stories are peculiar and tend to take place among fellow writers, artists, and thinkers But with Borges, the sensibility is 19th century scholarly with many deep thoughts and layered philosophies to ponder bot [...]

    10. On Bolano in generalIn the endless search for genuinely palatable vaguely contemporary literature, Bolano is an almost wholly nourishing find My first exposure was 2666, which failed to fully convince until I began to talk about it, upon which discussion I realised that my quibbles pointed to their own solution My main problem had been the rather too neat, for my tastes, ending of the first part on the one hand on the other was the emptiness left from the lack of resolution elsewhere not a probl [...]

    11. I don t care if Brazil beat the pants off of Chile today The Chilean people are still winners to me Today I was thinking about the countries damn them who re still in the World Cup right now, and I realized I can t think of any Brazilian writers The only Brazilian on my bookshelf is Paolo Friere, but he isn t a novelist I can t even name a single Uruguayan writer Argentina of course has got some famous players, and is therefore an exception, but in general I think there s a trend of the weaker l [...]

    12. Bolano at his best And Bolano at his best is a transvaluation of literature here he achieves the rendering of a new aesthetic to the short story If the complaint is that nothing happens, ever, then nothing has been read closely enough There is a lot that happens, there abound whirlpools of terror in the most mundane trivialities And the way some of the stories connect to the larger Bolano narrative, one of The Savage Detectives and Amulet, is a delight in itself One doesn t just love Bolano, the [...]

    13. Last Evenings on Earth was the first book I read by the late Roberto Bola o, and it s still my favorite I really liked Distant Star, and I ve started but not finished Amulet, By Night in Chile, and The Savage Detectives Unlike those novels, Last Evenings is a collection of short stories.For me, Bola o s writing triggers some kind of endorphin Reading him jazzes me up, has me floating a few inches above where I m sitting there s some kind of alchemy in his sentences that comes through even in tra [...]

    14. Well this doesn t bode well for 2066 or The Savage Detectives unless someone tells me that this collection of short stories is very different from these two novelsNo one is crushingly disappointed than me after reading my first book by Roberto Bolano this weekend.I found this collection to be nothing but a vast, arid and lifeless desert without a single miraculous oasis to redeem it The I tried to get into these stories, the alienated I felt I found the style strikingly oppressive and repetit [...]

    15. See also my comments on Bola o s Distant Star Well, I don t know I understand that Bola o is considered one of the finest modern writers that is, of the last quarter century Susan Sontag told us so And I can see why he s very smart, very literary, very inventive, and he does grapple with the big issues in this case, the Pinochet years in Chile He s also got a sly, subtle sense of humor that gets under your skin And yet this book left me unsatisfied.Bola o is one of the newer writers Sebald is an [...]

    16. N picked up a collection of short stories They were by this Chilean dude Exotic, that So he read a few or so he thought He wasn t sure Was he missing something Falling asleep without realizing it and reading the same page over and over again He started anew He owed it to this writer, Roberto Bolano, because he was a posthumous hero of sorts in contemporary lit Hell, book groups were even tackling this 3 gazillion page book he wrote called 2666 the year most participants are expected to finish it [...]

    17. When reading short stories, I like the characters I m reading about to be the people you see in the background of movies, or in the shadows of buildings when you re on a walk They re just regular people, but are often ignored because they re not central to a plot, either visually, thematically, or personally.Bolano s short stories in this collection bring those folks out into their own light More appropriately, perhaps, is that Bolano actually takes you, the reader, into their shadows These are [...]

    18. It s been a few years since I ve read any Bolano 2666 left me scarred , so I figured it was time to plunge back in The ominous, aimlessly wandering world of bohemians and Latin American exiles he renders so perfectly in his novels works just as well in short form The sense of deferred violence he creates so well of some catastrophe that is just beyond reach but still palpably there, infuses almost everything here Whether it s a philandering father looking for trouble in Acapulco, or a man recoun [...]

    19. when he died in 2003, at the age of fifty, roberto bola o was all but unknown anywhere north of the rio grande, yet is now acclaimed internationally and considered amongst the most eminent figures in latin american letters chilean by birth, but living in exile throughout much of his life, bola o had always been a dedicated writer, yet began publishing with increasing fervor in the mid 1990 s like much of his work, including the incomparable epic the savage detectives, last evenings on earth is a [...]

    20. The little world of letters is terrible as well as ridiculous What we know about the tremendous gifts of Chilean writer Roberto Bola o April 28, 1953 July 15, 2003 is in many ways due to the excellent translations by Chris Andrews Andrews began translating Bola o into English before the word understood the importance of this much mourned novelist and poet This particular work LAST EVENINGS ON EARTH is a series of short stories that are delivered in conversational style the narrator is always in [...]

    21. There is than a little Hemingway in these stories, the Hemingway of the Sun Also Rises, esp in Last Evenings on Earth There is magnificent writing in this book And a magnificent heart.

    22. Translation is always interesting The stories in this book come from other collections called, in Spanish, Assassin Whores and Telephone Calls I might have called it Stories About Friends I Didn t Particularly Like or Poets and Whores , after the prominence of those several types throughout the book These friends are often mysterious, coming and going intermittently throughout the narrator s life, gifting him with stories from their lives Quite often these tales are tremendously compelling, such [...]

    23. There are many reviews already, but I will put my small cents forth This is my first Bolano book although I have read many reviews of his work and a few stories about his life Gradylove swears by The Savage Detectives and a few adherents to the Bolano cult, it is a book that is definitely on my to read list I had read the title story in the New Yorker, so I was prepared to take on this short story collection.Bolano had called this collection the melancholy folklore of exile which is an accurate [...]

    24. It kinda bums me out to only give this one three stars because I love everything else I ve read by Bolano though I ve only gotten around to reviewing one This collection of earlier short stories is fairly pedestrian by his standards though The style is extremely dry and didactic, with many of the stories relying on a ____ did this Then ____ did another thing in response _____ felt sad sort of feel Far telling than showing, which is a criticism based on my personal taste, but nonetheless it was [...]

    25. Amazing Simply amazing A must read Bola o makes me feel happy to be alive, and how can a book be anything other than amazing if it makes you feel that way Bola o s characters fuck, drink, swear, travel, smoke, and above all else readreadread and writewritewrite Standout stories include the title one a retelling of Borges El sur , Mauricio The Eye Silva which reminded me of The Ministry of Special Cases, in the way it serves as a eulogy for the victims of the disappearences in Chile and Argentina [...]

    26. HEY GUYS LOOK I M WRITING A REVIEWThis was a delightful book of short stories Someone recently turned me on to Roberto Bolanohe is good if you like Haruki Murakami and those types of Japanese authors with a spare style Various characters get tipsy and galavant around Chile or Spain rather than Japan having awkward moments.Seriously though, how do these people in these stories have all this time to be free spirits and all this money to buy sandwhices in seedy places Like, don t they have to work [...]

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