A Little Lumpen Novelita (Hardcover)

By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811223355, 109pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

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Paperback (3/21/2016)

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"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.