By Roberto Bolaño
THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed within the final years of Roberto Bolaño’s existence, 2666 was greeted throughout Europe and Latin the USA as his maximum success, surpassing even his past paintings in its strangeness, attractiveness, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters contains lecturers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage pupil and her widowed, mentally risky father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place hundreds and hundreds of younger manufacturing unit staff, within the novel as in lifestyles, have disappeared.
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He reeled at the lip of the shallow cup at the base of the slab, slipped upon its polished curve, fell and rolled with that which had attacked him, kicking and writhing, straight through the narrowing portal into the passage! Forgetting all else, I sprang to his aid. As I leaped I felt the closing edge of the moon door graze my side. Then, as Larry raised a fist, brought it down upon the temple of the man who had grappled with him and rose from the twitching body unsteadily to his feet, I heard shuddering past me a mournful whisper; spun about as though some giant's hand had whirled me−− The end of the corridor no longer opened out into the moonlit square of ruined Nan−Tauach.
It passed through the door, and soon then the moon became low and the door closed. "The next night more confidence was mine, yes. And after that which comes had gone, I looked through its open door. I said, "It will not return for three hours. ' So I went−−even to here. I looked at the pillars of light and I tested the liquid of the Pool on which they fell. That liquid, Dr. " He handed me a small vial, its neck held in a long thong. " Wonderingly, I took the bottle; dipped it down into the Pool.
I looked eastward where the moon, now nearly a week past the full, was mounting. "You can't make me see what you've seen, Lieutenant," I laughed. "But you can make me hear. I've always wondered what kind of a noise a disembodied spirit could make without any vocal cords or breath or any other earthly soundproducing mechanism. " O'Keefe looked at me seriously. "All right," he said. " From deep down in his throat came first a low, weird sobbing that mounted steadily into a keening whose mournfulness made my skin creep.
2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño