The Secret of Evil (Hardcover)
A North American journalist in Paris is woken at 4 a.m. by a mysterious caller with urgent information. For V. S. Naipaul the prevalence of sodomy in Argentina is a symptom of the nation's political ills. Daniela de Montecristo (familiar to readers of Nazi Literature in the Americas and 2666) recounts the loss of her virginity. Arturo Belano returns to Mexico City and meets the last disciples of Ulises Lima, who play in a band called The Asshole of Morelos. Belano's son Geronimo disappears in Berlin during the Days of Chaos in 2005. Memories of a return to the native land. Argentine writers as gangsters. Zombie schlock as allegory...
The various pieces in the posthumous Secret of Evil extend the intricate, single web that is the work of Roberto Bolano.
About the Author
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, "The Savage Detectives", received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolano died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.
Chris Andrews has won the TLS Valle Inclan Prize and the PEN Translation Prize for his New Directions translations of Roberto Bolano.A poet who lives and teaches in Australia, he has translated eight Bolano books and three novels by Cesar Aira for New Directions.
Natasha Wimmer is a translator who has worked on Roberto Bolano's "2666", for which she was awarded the PEN Translation prize in 2009, and "The Savage Detectives". She lives in New York.