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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Book by Roberto Bolano. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Anagrama first published January 1st Spain ConcepcionChile. To see what your friends distantd of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Estrella distanteplease sign up.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A poet is forced into the Chilean air force and starts a new literary distxnte by writing poems in the sky above the Andes mountains I feel that because I’ve already disatnte the story which inspired this I didn’t really get anything new out of it.

I must applaud it for sheer inventiveness and bits of it definitely precurse certain parts of It’s fairly straightforward and is a great example of his unique prose and admirable characters. A small book, this is, ultimately, despite the grandness of its plot components “A new poetry! They fulfil their role, robertk destiny. In th A small book, this is, ultimately, despite the grandness of its plot components “A new poetry!

In this sense, the last chapter here is perfect.

It is the quintessential example of waiting for destiny to catch up with you. As we know, the protagonist of a book is not just a man: It is, much like Chekhov’s gun, an inevitability, and every narrative that withholds such a reckoning strikes me as not just aberrational or “avant-garde” but just plain silly.

We often forget, perhaps, that distant stars can burn just as bright as close ones. Chi era Carlos Wieder? Un poeta o un assassino? Un artista o un criminale? Le tematiche affrontate in questa opera sono le avanguardie poetiche, il clima politico del Cile degli anni 70, gli snuff movie presunti video amatoriali realizzati sotto compenso in cui vengono mostrate torture realmente messe in pratica durante la realizzazione del film culminanti con la morte della vittima.

I mean I’ll probably read it anyway, but I’d much rather have had a nice reading group to work with on it and a teacher to help elucidate it. Golano was looking forward to knocking down one of my to-reads with the class, though I do enjoy me some Bolno and I’m curious what this text has in store.

Personally, I’d think “By Night In Chile” would be a lovely fit for a literature and politics class but hey- class I’m taking switched this one for “The Savage Detectives”- to my intense disappointment. Personally, I’d think “By Night In Chile” would be a lovely fit for a literature and politics class but hey- I’m not the dude at the big desk, now am I? Not his best of volano ones of his I’ve read before, at least- which is STILL excluding Savage Detectives, which is irredeemable maybe a decent introduction to the work of the man.

There’s the random casualness mixed with precision, the exotic yeah, I know, but really there’s no quite place on the map which appropriately Bolano-esque, is there? So yeah, I mean decent Bolano is perfectly fine Bolano, but yeah I have to say that you’ve just got to cut your teeth on his big black rock candy mountain, which is I hate to be that guy, but I feel like I really might deserve some battle stripes for having slugged through that dark cave of eerie magic, this generation’s Les Miserables.

Sometimes you really gotta schlep with a writer to be able to freely speak of him. So yeah, distant star, do it up Oh and by the way. I got to say I’m happy for the disfante who was distanye step ahead of him in line for the liver transplant, but Many would speculate on how long he was detained, but it has grown to mythical proportions.


This work, Distant Star, was expanded from a chapter of another of his works, Nazi Literature in the Americas. This book still follows his major themes of death, Nazis, terror, Murder, and new Chilean poetry.

Estrella distante by Roberto Bolaño (2 star ratings)

It is the result of a master craftsman improving what they can do. The work covers the coup as well, prisoners and those subject to the harsh regime would look up to the sky to see a military plane curiously sky-writing: It’s a good one to finish or to begin reading Bolano, but for me, not one of his strongest.

Second book I have read by Bolano and sadly for second time the author doesn’t manage to impress me. I don’t know what’s wrong between me and his books but I cannot find this special feature that will make me say “what a book!

I respect and I adore the author’s writing style and language, but I can’t say the same for his books in general. Like in the “detectives” here as well the plot revolves around literature. We find dozens names of poets, authors and their works within the pages and more s Second book I have read by Bolano and sadly for second time the author doesn’t bilano to impress me.

We find dozens names of poets, authors and their works within the pages and more specifically during the years of Pinochet regime. Political background can easily identified but the plot focusing mostly in literature.

Here as well like in the “detectives” estdella unnamed narrator has clearly autobiographical details of Bolano, something that is really interesting. I think there are parts that are really good and others full of tedious details.

Comparing these two books I guess “distant star” is easier reading. Overall while I couldn’t claim that I didn’t like the book, I didn’t love it either and in a way I find myself unable to get all this super hype around the author’s name.

Quite good book but that’s all. View all 3 didtante. Ecco piuttosto non ha senso leggere questi due libri se non si ha ancora letto Borges, dato che sono entrambi un esplicito tributo allo scrittore argentino. There were parts of the storyline that were captivating to estrelka point that I was reading as quickly as possible to find out what would happen next.

Then the plot would kind of fall flat and I would lose interest. Overall I did not love the book because I couldn’t uncover any underlying message or lesson from the twisted though historical story.

With that said, I am tempted to read another of his books perhaps simply because Estrella Distante is so strange and disturbing, and quite unlike anything I have read before.

Uns inocentes, outros impostores. Frammenti di storie, singolarmente promettenti, mirerebbero a inquadrare uno sfuggente protagonista, il poeta e assassino Carlos Wieder, nello scenario tragico e squallido del Cile di Pinochet e in certi dintorni consequenziali: Its like the good part from The Savage Detectives but not as entertaining.

Very glad I started with and The Savage Detectives. The rest of Bolano has lacked the Le allucinazioni, nelnon erano infrequenti.

Let it be known that I love this writer’s works, and ‘The Savage Detectives’, in particular. And it’s no surprise. It’s another of the books based on an incident from a former work in this case, the highly entertaining ‘Nazi Literature in the Americas’.

One can envisage his starting with the two bookends then working out how to get from one to the other. There are some strong passages, notably those involving the anti-hero, a Chilean fascist named Carlos Wieder who is a memorably unpleasant sociopath.

These sections remind me of Murakami – and from this reader’s perspective, that’s not a good thing Poetry, Politics, Ideas, and Acts of Violence The etrella mix of poetry and politics in Latin American countries is well known and often figures in literature. The fact that revolutionaries and guerilla fighters read and write poetry may seem odd at first, until you realize that poetry and politics are both expressions of ideas, robertto as are acts of violence.

It’s clear the disappearances are politically motivated and backed by the government, but this young man is somehow the grim reaper in the flesh.


The narrator describes his investigation as he searches for the young man, following leads across Latin America. The book is a dark look at the idea of killing over ideas.

The ending to the story offers a noteworthy twist to that as well. The writing style foberto some vistante with Victor Hugo and Dostoyevsky, in the way they use a manner of conversation with the narrator. I read the Audible format with excellent narration by Walter Krochmal. Distant Star is a book about the difficulty of forgetting the past when it’s so inextricably tied to the present, and the difficulty of remembering the specifics of that same past bilano seeing them through the scrim of the present.

The past of the characters, of Chile, and of South America hangs like haze over this book, not exactly having a distinctly memorable body of its own, but recognizable by its effect alone, by the pall it casts over the atmosphere at all times.

Belano and friends are Distant Star is a book about the difficulty of forgetting the past when it’s so inextricably tied to the present, and the difficulty of remembering the specifics of that same past without seeing them through the scrim of the present.

Belano and friends are irrevocably defined by their past, and as a way of examining themselves and their circumstances, they circle back endlessly, looking back on their past with the aim of investigating it, and in so doing, further ensuring that they’ll never be able to escape it.

Their investigations are more or less fruitless; they gather some concrete details and anecdotes, but in their minds they try to simplify the scenarios, allowing certain of their acquaintances to embody, correctly or incorrectly, the entirety of the Chilean left- and right-wing movements.

Some of the most effective writing is in the twisted rationalizations and explanations they make while moving toward these conclusions, such as Bibiano’s convoluted exploration of the Germanic origins of Stein’s last name, and the entire resolution of the Stein storyline.

Distant Star

Stein and Wieder are perhaps the two most central characters here, though not the protagonists, and the resolution of their two stories mirror each other; it’s at these two points that the protagonists, the amateur detectives Belano and Bibiano, are most bereft, as if this pseudo-resolution is more disappointing to them than would be an ongoing and fruitless investigation.

It’s as if they preferred their simplistically divided view of the world, before “resolution” came and did nothing for bolanoo except prove that resolution was impossible, that amends cannot be made, that their pasts and presents were no closer to being figured out, and that they’ve only helped to perpetuate the very cycle that formed them.

Worse even than that is the implication of their complicity in the atrocities that have been committed against Chileans; Belano thinks about distantd Wieder may have planned to sink the ship but he himself did nothing to stop it, and then later is again made complicit by receiving money at the end for a task which he likes to think he had nothing diistante do with. This sense of complicity is heightened by the pervasive sense of doubling throughout doberto book; there are the two Steins, Wieder and his original identity of Ruiz-Tagle, the complementary Belano and Bibiano, and most relevantly, the sense Belano seems to have of seeing himself in Wieder.

In Wieder’s later life, Belano and Bibiano are disappointed by the normalcy of his life, as if they can see themselves in him, and thus, see the human in him, no longer allowing him to serve as a monolithic bogeyman-like stand-in for all the evils estreella the world. When Belano realizes what bolanl happen to Wieder, it horrifies him because this is happening to a human, and to a human who is not necessarily that dissimilar from himself.