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Reviewing Roberto and Rupert

By Tom Chatfield  

Wiping the smile of Rupert's face…

Two of our reviews are free to read online this month. In the first, I join the ranks of those writing about Roberto Bolaño’s Latin American epic 2666: a 900-page monster of a text that appeared in Spanish in 2003 and that has been trailing clouds of glory towards the English-speaking world ever since—a momentum that has if anything been enhanced by the tragic death of Bolaño himself, in 2003. It’s a mad, tremendous book; as much…

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