Monsieur Pain

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.0 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolano (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed "by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time" (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times)," and as "the real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.
The poet Chris Andrews teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bolano and César Aira for New Directions. He has won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for his poetry and the Valle-Inclan Prize for his translations.


Delightfully noirish.--Brad Hooper
John Coltrane jamming with the Sex Pistols.--John M. Richardson
Employing a reserved and stately voice reminiscent of pre-Modernist fiction, Pain's tale is itself mesmerizing, debonair and entertaining.--Cooper Renner
This beautifully translated early novella, set in Paris... joins the late author's other works in all its aching splendor.
A surrealistic attic of unlikely juxtapositions. . . . The novel melds existential anxiety to political terror in a measure peculiar to Bolaño. Imagine the protagonist of Poe's 'Tell-Tale Heart' if he were being interrogated by the secret police on suspicion of having hidden subversives behind his wall.--Will Blythe
Roberto Bolaño was an examplary 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 are multi-dimensional.--Sarah Kerr
Bolaño wrote with the high-voltage first-person braininess of a Saul Bellow and an extreme subversive vision of his own.--Francisco Goldman
A very good read and essential for Bolaño completists.--Craig Morgan Teicher
A real discovery and a substantial addition to the growing Bolaño library in English.--Stephen Henighan
Bolaño's gleeful but deadpan bouillabaisse of French surrealism, expressionism, and Kafkaesque unease.--Dan Vitale
It is more accessible than anything else of his I've read. We're sailing smoothly on Bolaño's flowing prose.--Trevor Berrett
Monsieur Pain plays with genre the way a cat plays with a mouse.
Monsieur Pain, an early novella, beautifully translated by Chris Andrews, joins his other works in all their aching splendour.--Carolina de Robertis