A Little Lumpen Novelita
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Published in Spain just before Bolano’s death, A Little Lumpen Novelita percolates with a fierce and 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. Orphaned overnight as a teenager—“our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us”—she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, and drifts into bad company. Her younger 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 how low she can fall. Electric, tense with foreboding, and written in jagged, propulsive chapters, A Little Lumpen Novelita delivers a surprising, fractured fable of seizing control of one’s fate.
Praise For A Little Lumpen Novelita…
— Juan Vidal
One of the best books of the year—A Little Lumpen Novelita feels as substantial as a book three times as long.… This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you’d expect from Bolano.
— Gabe Habash
A Little Lumpen Novelita may be Bolano’s best trick, and greatest gift, ever.
As for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus.
— Junot Díaz
New Directions, 9780811225151, 128pp.
Publication Date: March 21, 2016
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.