Wherein I suggest Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666

I. Here’s my thesis: Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s dark opus 2666. Specifically, I’m suggesting that Dracula (like, the Count Dracula) is the unnamed SS officer in “The Part About Archimboldi” who hosts a strange party in a Romanian castle. II.  I’m willing to concede that my idea is probably full of holes and more than a little… Continue reading Wherein I suggest Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666

Wherein I suggest Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666

I. Here’s my thesis: Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s dark opus 2666. Specifically, I’m suggesting that Dracula (like, the Count Dracula) is the unnamed SS officer in “The Part About Archimboldi” who hosts a strange party in a Romanian castle. II.  I’m willing to concede that my idea is probably full of holes and more than a little… Continue reading Wherein I suggest Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666

Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

I. Here’s my thesis: Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s dark opus 2666. Specifically, I’m suggesting that Dracula (like, the Count Dracula) is the unnamed SS officer in “The Part About Archimboldi” who hosts a strange party in a Romanian castle. II.  I’m willing to concede that my idea is probably full of holes and more than a little… Continue reading Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

(Not really) Three Books (2666 Books)

2666 by Roberto Bolaño. English translation by Natasha Wimmer. First edition three-volume slip case edition from FS&G. Design by Charlotte Strick.  The image on volume one is a detail from Gustave Moreau’s Jupiter and Semele; on volume two, Academy by Cy Twombly; on three, a detail of a page on sea sponges from Albert Seba’s Cabinet of Curiousities. I’ve posted… Continue reading (Not really) Three Books (2666 Books)

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

[Editorial note: Today is Roberto Bolaño’s birthday–he would’ve turned 62. The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of his masterpiece 2666. To be clear, I am a huge fan of 2666—I’ve written about it extensively on this site. But I never posted a review on Amazon. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. *** Awful. Boring! Nothing. No Point. No Story. No… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc.

1. A couple of years ago I wrote a pretty long essay about rereading Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666, a dark, compelling, violent, mysterious book that I’ve reread in full three times now, a book that I frequently return to, a book that seems to leer from the shelf too often, Hey, you’re not done with me, you know… Continue reading True Detective, Bolaño’s 2666, Werewolves, Etc.

Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

1. Here’s my thesis: Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s dark opus 2666. Specifically, I’m suggesting that Dracula (like, the Count Dracula) is the unnamed SS officer in “The Part About Archimboldi” who hosts a strange party in a Romanian castle. 2. I’m willing to concede that my idea is probably full of holes and more than a little… Continue reading Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

•I had been reading William T. Vollmann’s enormous book Imperial. I bought the book in paperback and then put an illicit copy on my Kindle (this riff is not about the ethics of that move). It’s just easier to read that way, especially at night. At some point in Imperial, probably at some mention of coyotes or polleros—smugglers of humans—I… Continue reading Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Passage on Courbet’s Lost Painting The Return from the Conference (Roberto Bolaño’s 2666)

It’s in Ansky’s notebook, long before he sees a painting by the man, that Reiter first reads about the Italian painter Arcimboldo, Giuseppe or Joseph or Josepho or Josephus Arcimboldo or Arcimboldi or Arcimboldus (1527-1593). When I’m sad or bored, writes Ansky, although it’s hard to imagine Ansky bored, busy fleeing twenty-four hours a day,… Continue reading Passage on Courbet’s Lost Painting The Return from the Conference (Roberto Bolaño’s 2666)

Types of Fear (A Passage from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666)

There are odder things than sacraphobia, said Elvira Campos, especially if you consider that we’re in Mexico and religion has always been a problem here. In fact, I’d say all Mexicans are essentially sacraphobes. Or take gephyrophobia, a classic fear. Eots of people suffer from it. What’s gephyrophobia? asked Juan de Dios Martinez. The fear of crossing bridges.… Continue reading Types of Fear (A Passage from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666)

Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

1. Here’s my thesis: Dracula is a character in Roberto Bolaño’s dark opus 2666. Specifically, I’m suggesting that Dracula (like, the Count Dracula) is the unnamed SS officer in “The Part About Archimboldi” who hosts a strange party in a Romanian castle. 2. I’m willing to concede that my idea is probably full of holes and more than a little… Continue reading Wherein I Suggest Dracula Is a Character in Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

I had been reading William T. Vollmann’s enormous book Imperial. I bought the book in paperback and then put an illicit copy on my Kindle (this riff is not about the ethics of that move). It’s just easier to read that way, especially at night. At some point in Imperial, probably at some mention of coyotes or polleros—smugglers of humans—I… Continue reading Intertexuality and Structure in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

List of Lapsus Calami from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

A funny section from late in Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666; lapsus calami is Latin for “slip of the pen,” indicating a mistake or miswriting (although, as the characters discuss later, some of these examples may be purposeful): . . . . and then they started to talk about lapsus calami, many of them collected in a book published… Continue reading List of Lapsus Calami from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

Minor Works & Masterpieces — An Excerpt from Bolaño’s Novel 2666

Another stand-alone segment from Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666—from “The Part About Archimboldi”: Our hero Reiter (writer!)—who at this moment (or just before it, unbeknownst to the reader) adopts the ridiculous nom de thing Archimboldi (!!!)—secures a rented typewriter from a failed writer, an old man who takes the time to lecture on writing and camouflage and masterpieces and Jesus… Continue reading Minor Works & Masterpieces — An Excerpt from Bolaño’s Novel 2666

“The Solider Who Sold His Soul to God” — An Excerpt from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

A standalone excerpt from Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666. This is from the final section, “The Part About Archimboldi”: During the train trip Hans heard an odd story about a soldier of the 79th who had gotten lost in the tunnels of the Maginot Line. The section of tunnel he was lost in, as far as the soldier… Continue reading “The Solider Who Sold His Soul to God” — An Excerpt from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666

Discussion of Fears (A Passage from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666)

There are odder things than sacraphobia, said Elvira Campos, especially if you consider that we’re in Mexico and religion has always been a problem here. In fact, I’d say all Mexicans are essentially sacraphobes. Or take gephyrophobia, a classic fear. Eots of people suffer from it. What’s gephyrophobia? asked Juan de Dios Martinez. The fear of crossing bridges.… Continue reading Discussion of Fears (A Passage from Roberto Bolaño’s Novel 2666)

Survival Story (Fragment from Roberto Bolaño’s 2666)

A small story from Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. Context not important: Instead of ghosts, now the passengers in front of him were talking about a person they called Bobby. This Bobby lived in Jackson Tree, Michigan, and had a cabin on Lake Huron. One time this Bobby had gone out in a boat and capsized. He managed to… Continue reading Survival Story (Fragment from Roberto Bolaño’s 2666)