Woes of the True Policeman
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
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Author of "The Savage Detectives" and "2666"
Crushed by a devastating scandal, university professor Oscar Amalfitano flees Barcelona for Santa Teresa--a Mexican city close to the U.S. border, where women are being killed in staggering numbers. There, Amalfitano begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings, while his daughter, Rosa, reeling from the weight of his secrets, seeks solace in a romance of her own. Yet when she finds her father in bed with Castillo, Rosa is confronted with the full force of her crisis.
What follows is an intimate police investigation of Amalfitano, leading to a finale of euphoria and heartbreak. Featuring characters and stories from "The Savage Detectives" and "2666," Roberto Bolano's "Woes of the True Policeman" mines the depths of art, memory, and desire--and marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.
Natasha Wimmer s translation of Roberto Bolano s 2666 won the National Book Award s Best Novel of the Year as well as the PEN Prize.