The Skating Rink

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.6 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, The Savage Detectives, received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.
The poet and translator Chris Andrews has won the Valle Inclan Prize and the French-American Translation Prize for his work.


A highly engaging novel of lyricism, menace and beauty.--James Yeh
One of the strangest mysteries...with its dark-summer heat that all but comes off the page.--Marilis Hornidge
A stunning work of fiction. It is infused with a gritty poeticism and a unique worldview.--Don Sjoerdsma
...this Catalan drama sizzles with unrequited love and murderous ambition.--Emma Hagestadt
The latest release in the series of highly masterful and literary translations by Chris Andrews.... Deserves to be read widely.--Rosemary Aud Franklin
Lucid fury . . . is a pretty good description of Bolaño's aesthetic. He is a novelist of voraciousness without sentiment, hardness to a fever pitch.--Todd Shy
Darkly funny, but also tender and complex in the tenor of classic Bolaño novels.--Savannah ("Savvy") Jones
Passion, mystery, seedy bars, and Bolaño's Olympian irony are here, as always.
When I read Bolaño, I think: everything is possible again....How he makes one laugh! The laughter of someone who just escaped being buried live, and suddenly remembers how badly she wants to live.--Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love
The Skating much of what [Bolano] wrote, leaves many new novels looking pretty bland.--Anthony Cummins