A Little Lumpen Novelita
A Little Lumpen Novelita percolates with a young writer's fierce ambitions and intensely tender love of women.
“Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime”: so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome in A Little Lumpen Novelita.
Orphaned overnight as a teenager—“our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us”—she drops out of school and gets a crappy job. At night, she is plagued by a terrible brightness, and soon she drifts into bad company. Her little brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns she can fall even lower…
Electric and tense with foreboding, with its jagged, propulsive short chapters beautifully translated by Natasha Wimmer, A Little Lumpen Novelita—one of the last novels Roberto Bolano published—delivers a surprising, fractured fairy tale of taking control of one’s fate.
Praise For A Little Lumpen Novelita…
— Gabe Habash - Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
As for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus.
— Junot Diaz
Bolaño has proven that literature can do everything.
— Jonathan Lethem - The New York Times
Bolaño has joined the immortals.
— The Washington Post
The very highest level of literary achievement.
— Colm Tóbín
Roberto Bolaño was an exemplary literary rebel. To drag fiction toward the unknown, he had to go there himself, and there invent a method with which to represent it. Since the unknown place was reality, the results were multi-dimensional.
— Sarah Kerr - The New York Review of Books
Gritty, compelling, profound.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
New Directions, 9780811223355, 128pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
About the Author
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.