The 10 Best Books of 2008 (The New York Times) 2666 By Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer.

The 10 Best Books of 2008 (The New York Times)
The editors of the Book Review have selected these titles from the list of 100 Notable Books of 2008.
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By Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, cloth and paper, $30.
Bolaño, the prodigious Chilean writer who died at age 50 in 2003, has posthumously risen, like a figure in one of his own splendid creations, to the summit of modern fiction. This latest work, first published in Spanish in 2004, is a mega- and meta-detective novel with strong hints of apocalyptic foreboding. It contains five separate narratives, each pursuing a different story with a cast of beguiling characters — European literary scholars, an African-American journalist and more — whose lives converge in a Mexican border town where hundreds of young women have been brutally murdered. (Excerpt)

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