By Roberto Bolaño
THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed within the final years of Roberto Bolaño’s existence, 2666 was greeted throughout Europe and Latin the US as his optimum success, surpassing even his prior paintings in its strangeness, good looks, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters contains teachers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage pupil and her widowed, mentally volatile father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place 1000s of younger manufacturing facility employees, within the novel as in lifestyles, have disappeared.
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She came through the lobby about nine oclock. She was on the arm of a man in a suit and a topcoat and they went out the door and got into a cab. He sat there for a long time. After a while he got up and folded the paper and went to the desk. The clerk looked up at him. Have you got a Mrs Cole registered? he said. Cole? Yes. Just a minute. The clerk turned away and checked the registrations. He shook his head. No, he said. No Cole. Thanks, he said. THEY RODE TOGETHER a last time on a day in early March when the weather had already warmed and yellow mexicanhat bloomed by the roadside.
This is a new subject. No it’s not. I’d give you all the money. You could do whatever you wanted. All the money. You dont know what you’re talking about. There’s not any money. This place has barely paid expenses for twenty years. There hasnt been a white person worked here since before the war. Anyway you’re sixteen years old, you cant run a ranch. Yes I can. You’re being ridiculous. You have to go to school. She put the napkin on the table and pushed back her chair and rose and went out. He pushed away the coffeecup in front of him.
He shook his head. It’s just talk, Mary Catherine. I got to get on. What if it is just talk? Everything’s talk isnt it? Not everything. Are you really leaving San Angelo? Yeah. You’ll be back. Maybe. I dont have any bad feelings against you. You got no reason to. She looked off up the street where he was looking but there wasnt much to look at. She turned back and he looked at her eyes but if they were wet it was just the wind. She held out her hand. At first he didnt know what she was doing. I dont wish you anything but the best, she said.
2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño