The many deaths of Roberto Bolaño

Long article by Michael Saler in the Times Online today.

Roberto Bolano once said that he would rather have been a detective than a writer — not a humdrum gumshoe but an avenging angel, “someone able to return alone, at night, to the scene of the crime, and not be afraid of ghosts.” Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, he was a disillusioned romantic with a passion for exposing evil and fortifying hope.

Not the greatest copyediting or proofreading, but hey, times are tight, right?

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