Roberto Bolaño: Nocturno de Chile [By Night in Chile]

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In a way, Nocturno de Chile (By Night in Chile, 2000) could be seen as Roberto Bolaño’s answer to the country he encountered when he returned to Chile after an absence of over two decades. An international celebrity after the success of Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives, 1998), Bolaño visited Chile in 1998 and 1999, serving as a judge in a literary contest, giving interviews, appearing on television, and meeting local writers. His harsh judgments and sarcastic attitude towards the local milieu soon earned him many detractors, however. Nocturno de Chile condenses Bolaño’s pessimistic view of post-Pinochet Chile and his indictment of the country’s intellectual landscape. At the same …

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Lopez-Vicuna, Ignacio. "Nocturno de Chile". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2012
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]