It might as well be official: I'm having a posthumous affair with Bolano's 2666
. The book is in five sections, each about a new set of characters. I've just finished the first, aptly titled "The Part about the Critics". Which is about four haughty, arrogant European intellectuals' search for the author Archimboldi their careers and, incidentally, lives spiral around. The opening description of them is scathing, but grows more subtle. I haven't paid particular attention, but unless I'm very much mistaken it is a sublime example of free indirect style. Accordingly, there is a bit of telling, rather than showing. Which I find refreshing: actions are short, clipped. We get thoughts, descriptions, tangents and digressions. I had thought that his digressions would annoy me: they ended up among my favourite parts. They don't find Archimboldi and in the end it doesn't matter. For he is everywhere, Pelletier and Espinoza conclude.
His descriptions of literature conferences and studies are spot-on and very funny. The artist that is remembered for his one controversial work, where the focal point is his severed hand. There is so much we don't know. Some are hints to other parts of the work, I'm sure. The rest we're not supposed to know anything about.
But I do understand what a reviewer (on Amazon, I suspect) meant when he wrote that it is a novel for academics, and other writers, often commenting on itself and on the creative writing process. Unless you like high-brow literature this is most likely not for you.This
is an insightful review, interesting to read separately.
"I am a part of the part that at first was all, part of the darkness that gave birth to light, that supercilious light which now disputes with Mother Night her ancient rank and space, and can not succeed; no matter how it struggles, it sticks to matter and can't get free." Isn't it lovely? From Goethe's Faust
, as far as I can tell (/as far as google tells me). I read it on Goodbooksinc
Kristine: the YSL wireframe shoes
. If no one makes knock-offs I don't know what I'll do. I must have these shoes. And I just saw Nicholas Kirkwood's S/S09 collection: pearl-platform shoes. Pearls!