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»There’s never a bad time to read a great book, however dark, however dangerous.«

Chris Power

Very long and very violent, this is a journey into the darkest parts of humanity, says Chris Power. His recommendation for your summer reading: 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. Please have a look at The Guardian.

»There’s been quite a lot of it about recently… the idea of a sort of open-structured novel. Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 made quite an impression on me. You can tell it’s written by someone who didn’t have very much time [Bolaño’s health was in serious decline at the time of writing, and the novel was published posthumously] …because he just puts everything into it. You know, this is it, this is going to be the last big thing. So make it big.«

Jake Arnott

Kiran Sande in conversation with writer Jake Arnott about his latest novel The House of Rumour, the merits of literary infidelity and the sartorial choices of the cosmonauts. Read the interview at The Quietus.

»The knowledge of evil that has shadowed Bolaño’s work returns in the final part, which threads together the Ciudad Juárez murders (as in 2666) and Padilla’s contraction of Aids.«

Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs about the novel Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolaño. His review at The Independent.