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Roberto Bolaño: Novels & Stories with Samuel Rutter


5 sessions

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm October 9 to December 4, 2019

Meeting Dates: 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4

Widely regarded as one of the most important novelists of our times, Roberto Bolaño created an expansive body of work that explored the ideological and artistic crises created by political upheaval in Latin America in the 20th century.

Filled with poets, apparatchiks, hippies, drifters, fascists and dreamers, Bolaño’s writing blends elements of detective fiction, autobiography and literary adventure to create a singular aesthetic.

Over five weeks, we will read a selection of Bolaño’s shorter novels and a collection of his short stories. We will trace the ways in which his central themes develop, as well as paying special attention to how the author constructed a linked fictional universe across his body of work.

Participants should read By Night in Chile before the first meeting.

Each meeting will focus on a different text:
  • Week 1: By Night in Chile
  • Week 2: Nazi Literature in the Americas 
  • Week 3: Distant Star 
  • Week 4: Amulet
  • Week 5: Last Evenings on Earth 
Books Required:
  • Bolaño, Roberto. By Night in Chile. (trans. Chris Andrews) New York: New Directions, 2003. 144pp
  • Bolaño, Roberto. Nazi Literature in the Americas. (trans. Chris Andrews) New York: New Directions, 2009. 240pp
  • Bolaño, Roberto. Distant Star. (trans. Chris Andrews) New York: New Directions, 2004. 150pp
  • Bolaño, Roberto. Amulet. (trans. Chris Andrews) New York: New Directions, 2008. 192pp
  • Bolaño, Roberto. Last Evenings on Earth. (trans. Chris Andrews) New York: New Directions, 2007. 256pp

Led By

  • Author Photo Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter

    Samuel Rutter is a writer and translator from Melbourne, Australia with an extensive research background in contemporary literature from Latin America. He has translated novels, stories, screenplays and comics from French, Spanish and Catalan, and was awarded a PEN Translates Prize in 2016. In 2020 his translations of Carlos Busqued’s Magnetized and Sònia Hernàndez’ Prosopagnosia will be published. A recent graduate of the MFA in fiction at Vanderbilt University, his work has appeared in journals including Meanjin, Overland, The White Review, and Gulf Coast. He is currently writing his first novel.