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Roberto Bolaño

Datum narození: 28. duben 1953
Datum úmrtí: 15. červenec 2003

Roberto Bolaño byl chilský spisovatel, který se proslavil především romány Divocí detektivové a 2666.


„Nikdy nepřestanete číst, ani když přečtete všechny svoje knihy, stejně jako nikdy nepřestanete žít, přestože smrt je neodvratná.“

„Nicanor Parra řekl, že nejlepší romány jsou psané ve verších. A Harold Bloom řekl, že nejlepší poezie 20. století je psaná prózou. Souhlasím s oběma. “


„Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.“ 2666

„Books are finite, sexual encounters are finite, but the desire to read and to fuck is infinite; it surpasses our own deaths, our fears, our hopes for peace.“

„If you're going to say what you want to say, you're going to hear what you don't want to hear.“ The Insufferable Gaucho

„So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it's fun in the end.“ 2666

„There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists.“ The Savage Detectives

„Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I’d rather not talk about it, because I didn’t understand it.“ The Savage Detectives


„Only in chaos are we conceivable.“ 2666

„What twisted people we are. How simple we seem, or at least pretend to be in front of others, and how twisted we are deep down. How paltry we are and how spectacularly we contort ourselves before our own eyes, and the eyes of others... And all for what? To hide what? To make people believe what?“

„Nothing good ever comes of love. What comes of love is always something better“ Amulet

„The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.“ 2666


„Without turning, the pharmacist answered that he liked books like The Metamorphosis, Bartleby, A Simple Heart, A Christmas Carol. And then he said that he was reading Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Leaving aside the fact that A Simple Heart and A Christmas Carol were stories, not books, there was something revelatory about the taste of this bookish young pharmacist, who... clearly and inarguably preferred minor works to major ones. He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecouchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze a path into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.“

„Every hundred feet the world changes“ 2666

„We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain“ Last Evenings on Earth

„The pain, or the memory of pain, that here was literally sucked away by something nameless until only a void was left. The knowledge that this question was possible: pain that turns finally into emptiness. The knowledge that the same equation applied to everything, more or less.“ 2666

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