The start of the group read received a nice write-up over at the LA Times Jacket Copy blog.
Daryl Houston and the crew over at Infinite Zombies are gearing up to tackle 2666 as well. If you haven’t bookmarked or RSS’d their blog yet, now is the time. If you have a blog and plan to follow along as well, post the link in the comments and I’ll add you to the roll.
After reading The Savage Detectives in 2007, Garth Risk Hallberg wrote this article for The Millions: Why Bolaño Matters. It was written before the publication of 2666 (so no spoilers), but the points he makes apply to the deeper themes of Bolaño’s work.
One thing I forgot to mention in the previous post is there is probably a sixth section of 2666 out there. A shorter version of The Savage Detectives was also found among his papers so it’s not entirely clear if this sixth section of 2666 is just an early and discarded draft (likely of the Amalfitano section) or an uncompleted piece of the book. One of the posthumous novels mentioned in that Guardian article, titled The Third Reich, is set to be published in Spain (by Anagrama) this month.