Woes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman

By Roberto Bolano; Natasha Wimmer (Translator)

Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250037824, 250pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013


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.

About the Author
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolano (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times), and as the real thing and the rarest (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Romulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.

Natasha Wimmer is a translator who has worked on Roberto Bolano s "2666", for which she was awarded the PEN Translation prize in 2009, and "The Savage Detectives". She lives in New York.

Praise For Woes of the True Policeman

“The most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation.”—The New York Times Book Review

“One of our greatest writers...Latin American letters (wherever it may reside) has never had a greater, more disturbing avenging angel than Bolaño.”—Junot Díaz, The New York Times Book Review

Praise for Woes of the True Policeman:

“The writing never feels stale but, rather incredibly, shines anew....The publication of a Bolaño novel, complete or not, is never anything less than an event of language and devilish wit.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Bolaño’s voice demands attention.”—The New Yorker “Bolaño [seems] to come from an understanding that people are portholes; that a creation can represent singular space that otherwise would go unknown....He allows the novel to vibrate through its box.”—Vice

“Indelible Bolaño...[Woes of the True Policeman] may offer insight into the writer’s larger project.”—Los Angeles Times

“Full of delights...like watching a master magician unpacking his bag of tricks.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune