05-27-09

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05-27-09

39hrs 16min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

Description

“This surreal novel can’t be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A BookRiot Pick of 10 Great Audiobooks in Translation
Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An Oprah Irresistible Read
A New York Times bestseller
A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
A 2008 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Pick of 5 Essential Mind-Bending Novels
A 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction
A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
A 2008 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction
Selected for the December 2008 Indie Next List
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Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope. The book’s subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist’s works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother’s death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juárez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.

Praise

“This surreal novel can’t be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A display of novelistic mastery and as devastating a reading experience as you are likely ever to encounter.” Time

“One of those strange, exquisite, and astonishing experiences that literature offers us only once in a very long time.”  El País

“The book explores evil with irony, without any theory or resolution, relying on storytelling alone as its saving grace…Each story is an adventure: a fresco at once horrifying, delicate, grotesque, redundant, and absurd, revealed by the flashlight of a child who stands at the threshold of a cave he will never leave.” Liveration

“On every page the reader marvels, hypnotized, at the capacity of this baroque writer to encompass all literary genres in a single fascinating, enigmatic story…It is a fully realized work by a pure genius at the height of his powers.” Lire

“[A] work of huge importance…a complex literary experience, in which the author seeks to set down his nightmares while he feels time running out.” El Mundo

“To say that 2666 is a novel is like calling a Beethoven symphony a collection of songs. If we must, though, this novel in five parts is without doubt Roberto Bolaño’s masterwork, epic in scope, labyrinthine, frustrating, disjointed, maybe a bit pretentious, always somewhat aloof—and brilliant.” Bookmarks

“Every scene is powerful and realistic; yet the overall effect is hallucinatory and dreamlike.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“[2666] is divided into five books, each read here by a different narrator, each in his way extraordinary. John Lee is especially subtle with accents, Armando Durán brings his mostly Spanish-flavored section to vivid life, G. Valmont Thomas lends ‘The Part about Fate’ a deadpan humor, and Grover Gardner gives the saga of the writer Benno von Archimboldi a compelling pace. Scott Brick[’s] characters’ voices are outstanding.” AudioFile

“Think of David Lynch, Marcel Duchamp, and the Bob Dylan of ‘Highway 61 Revisited,’ all at the peak of their lucid yet hallucinatory powers.” New York Times

“Should cement his reputation as a world-class novelist…Bolaño has joined the immortals.” Washington Post

“Bolaño’s true masterpiece…He writes with a horror that is both haunting and deeply humane.” Amazon.com

“Bolaño grabs us by the scruff of the neck and pushes our heads into the abyss. For Bolaño, the year 2666 is the symbolic culmination of humanity’s neglect and violence, a state of being that has become our modus operandi…That, Bolaño suggests, is where it all starts: at the very spot where we stop paying attention and slip into deadened stasis.” The Millions

“Bolano’s masterwork…An often shockingly raunchy and violent tour de force.” New York Review of Books

“It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Language English
Release Day May 26, 2009
Release Date May 27, 2009
Release Date Machine 1243382400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literary Fiction, Literature & Fiction, New York Times Bestsellers
Author Bio
Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, France, and Spain. He has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” and as “the real thing and the rarest” by Susan Sontag. Among his many prizes are the prestigious Premio Herralde de Novela and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. Bolaño is widely considered the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry before his death at the age of fifty.

Narrator Bio
John Lee

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

Armando Durán

Armando Durán has appeared in films, television, and regional theaters throughout the West Coast. For the last decade he has been a member of the resident acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 he was named by AudioFile as Best Voice in Biography and History for his narration of Che Guevara. A native Californian, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.

G. Valmont Thomas

G. Valmont Thomas, a longtime member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has also been a faculty member at the Johnny Carson School of Film and Television at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His voice may also be heard in a number of video games and in advertisements for radio and television.

Scott Brick

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

Overview

A BookRiot Pick of 10 Great Audiobooks in Translation
Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
An Oprah Irresistible Read
A New York Times bestseller
A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
A 2008 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Pick of 5 Essential Mind-Bending Novels
A 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction
A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
A 2008 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction
Selected for the December 2008 Indie Next List
See All +

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope. The book’s subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist’s works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother’s death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juárez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.

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