Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Reading 2666 by Roberto Bolaño and enjoying it

Good book. He makes many good jabs at right wing authors in the first part of it, much interesting sarcasm. The problem is that unless you're actually familiar with this sort of fiction the commentary will probably be lost on you, and that's something that folks probably aren't willing to do, even though as a matter of course I believe that everyone should read everything, right, left, center, and otherwise, in order to be familiar with what's out there. I think, based on the book, that it also is reflection of the fucked up nature of Franquist Spain, that is Spain under Franco, where far-right ideas enjoyed a Mediterranean vacation for four decades, influencing things at large in a way almost not conceivable in the U.S.

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