Woes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman

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Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author’s death in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño’s last, unfinished novel.

The novel follows Óscar Amalfitano—an exiled Chilean university professor and widower—through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.

Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close… (more)

Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


If Roberto Bolaño’s “Woes of the True Policeman” were a pop music CD — rather than a posthumous novel from this Chilean writer who, since his death at 50 in 2003, has emerged as the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation — it would undoubtedly be described as a collection of outtakes, alternate versions and demos.

Woes of the True Policeman is a challenging read, and fans of the late Roberto Bolaño will find themselves in a netherworld. But the ride is well worth it.

Of all the posthumous - of course not including 2666 - Roberto Bolano releases, "Woes of the True Policeman" is the best hands down despite its incompleteness as the wonderful prose and vast knowledge of the author are on full display from the first paragraph which is already intriguing and unusual

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Book Details  


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2012)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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