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Softcover: UK: Roberto Bolano has ways of making you read

‘Nazi Literature in the Americas’ is an imaginative early work from a modern Latin American master

By Philip Hensher  /  THE GUARDIAN , London

There was never any reason to think that the writers of literature were likely to be exclusively nice people. Only the most foolish reader ever considered that literature was something one would be at all likely to agree with. Bolano’s impressive novel triumphs by displaying a power of imagination and a quiddity we are not inclined to allow any of his imaginary writers. It also, magnanimously, suggests that they too might be capable of writing a poem in the sky, whatever they did when they came back down to earth.

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