Must be a New Posthumous Bolano Book Coming Out

Because little bits of it are popping up in the usual places.

And in fact, there is: The Secret of Evil, billed as “a collection that gathers everything Bolaño was working on before his untimely death.”

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I think about a third of the stuff that will end up being published with the name Bolano on it will not have deserved being published. Though it’s interesting reading his early stuff, even Antwerp, Monsieur Pain, and Nazi Literature read like rough drafts. If the same author didn’t somehow write the masterpieces, no one would bother to read them. I guess this is true of all authors, but it really seems like publishers are exploiting the hotness of Bolano’s name. This new book, for example, sounds like nothing more than stray notes for possible stories.

“This new book, for example, sounds like nothing more than stray notes for possible stories.”
I picked up a galley copy of it, and that’s exactly what it is. There are a few gems. Still, of all the Bolano publications, this is the first that shows, at least to me, a precipitous drop off in quality.
But Andrew Neuman’s Traveler of the Century instead.


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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