Last Evenings on Earth

Chris Andrews (Translator) Roberto Bolaño (Author)


In the short story "Silva the Eye," Bolano writes in the opening sentence: "It's strange how things happen, Mauricio Silva, known as The Eye, always tried to escape violence, even at the risk of being considered a coward, but the violence, the real violence, can't be escaped, at least not by us, born in Latin America in the 1950s, those of us who were around 20 years old when Salvador Allende died."

Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin America and Europe, and peopled by Bolano's beloved "failed generation," the stories of Last Evenings on Earth have appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street.

Product Details

Price: $15.95  $14.67
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published Date: April 01, 2007
Pages: 219
Dimensions: 5.28 X 0.62 X 7.98 inches | 0.52 pounds
ISBN: 9780811216883

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About the Author

Chris Andrews teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Center. He has translated books by Roberto Bolano and Cesar Aira.


[B]leakly luminous stories...
Complex and provocative.
The most influential and admired novelist of his generation in the Spanish-speaking world.--Susan Sontag
Just behind the nervy, deadpan narrative a total breakdown perpetually looms.--Andersen Tepper
Widely known in the Spanish-speaking world as the premier writer of his generation.--Dan Pope
Conjures dreamlike worlds that shock with their familiarity.--Philip Herter
His generation's premier Latin-American writer... Bolaño's reputation and legend are in meteoric ascent.--Larry Rohter
I am addicted to the haze that floats above Bolaño's fiction.--Wayne Kostenbaum
If you haven't heard of Roberto Bolaño yet, you will soon.--Benjamin Lytal
Bolaño's characters yearn for amnesia as well as for the ability to connect to someone or something in the present.--Stephanie Hanson