When Oscar Amalfitano begins an impulsive affair with one of his students at the University of Barcelona, he has no idea where it will lead. More than his turbulent revolutionary past, or the death of his beautiful wife, the scandalous exposure of this relationship will change him for ever. Forced to flee with his seventeen-year-old daughter, ...
When Oscar Amalfitano begins an impulsive affair with one of his students at the University of Barcelona, he has no idea where it will lead. More than his turbulent revolutionary past, or the death of his beautiful wife, the scandalous exposure of this relationship will change him for ever. Forced to flee with his seventeen-year-old daughter, Amalfitano finds himself in Santa Teresa, a sprawling town on the US--Mexico border. Haunted by dark tales of murdered women, this mythical place is populated by mysterious characters. We meet Castillo, who makes his living selling his forgeries of Larry Rivers paintings to wealthy Texans; Pancho Monje, a son born of six generations of foundlings; and Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work has been important to Amalfitano for some time, but whose return to prominence is just beginning. Woes of the True Policeman is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet darkly humorous. Exploring the limits of memory and the power of art, it returns to the world and characters of Bolano's masterpiece, 2666, and marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.
Good. Ex-Library Book-will contain Library Markings. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Millions of satisfied customers and climbing. Green Earth Books is the name you can trust, guaranteed. Spend Less. Read More.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-02-25 The latest from Bolano-a manuscript left unfinished at the time of his death in 2003-poses myriad challenges in making the transition to audio, particularly an unresolved storyline, confusing plot, and characters introduced in earlier works. However, narrator Armando Durand's delivers a winning performance. As the story shifts across the globe from Europe to Mexico and South America, Durand effectively weaves and contrasts cultural styles and mores. As the central figure in the book, Professor Oscar Amalfitano comes to terms with his sexual identify, Durand evocatively showcases the reality of internalized homophobia, particularly in dialogue with Amalfitano's two flamboyant love interests. Also, passages connecting to regional and national history provide ample opportunity for Durand to demonstrate his vocal ability while avoiding simplistic cultural archetypes. An FSG hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.