The Literary Magician

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D. Scot Miller extemporizes on Roberto Bolaño, and the legacy Latin American letters just can’t escape from, over at Gawker:

Did I say that Roberto Bolano was a genius? I meant to say magician. Bolano is a literary magician; a satirical and mesmerizing novelist with a poet’s soul. There is an undeniable sleight-of-hand at play in his work, and one gets an unsettling sense that he is, somehow, using misdirection to not so much hide as obscure his intent. Bolano called this his “secret story.”


Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →