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Distant Star The star of Roberto Bola o s hair raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits thecoup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitionsFor our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this star in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet s regime The narrator, unable to stop himself, tries to track Ruiz Tagle down, and sees signs of his activity over and over again A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bola o s darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet In Bola o s world there s a big graveyard and there s a big graveyard laugh He once described his novel By Night in Chile as a tale of terror, a situation comedy, and a combination pastoral gothic novel Many Chilean authors have written about the bloody events of the early Pinochet years, the abductions and murders, Richard Eder commented in the The New York Times None has done it in such a dark and glittering fashion as Roberto Bola o


About the Author: Roberto Bolaño

For most of his early adulthood, Bola o was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.Bola o moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector working during the day and writing at night He continued with his poetry, before shifting to fiction in his early forties In an interview Bola o stated that he made this decision because he felt responsible for the future financial well being of his family, which he knew he could never secure from the earnings of a poet This was confirmed by Jorge Herralde, who explained that Bola o abandoned his parsimonious beatnik existence because the birth of his son in 1990 made him decide that he was responsible for his family s future and that it would be easier to earn a living by writing fiction However, he continued to think of himself primarily as a poet, and a collection of his verse, spanning 20 years, was published in 2000 under the title The Romantic Dogs.Regarding his native country Chile, which he visited just once after going into voluntary exile, Bola o had conflicted feelings He was notorious in Chile for his fierce attacks on Isabel Allende and other members of the literary establishment In 2003, after a long period of declining health, Bola o passed away It has been suggested that he was at one time a heroin addict and that the cause of his death was a liver illness resulting from Hepatitis C, with which he was infected as a result of sharing needles during his mainlining days However, the accuracy of this has been called into question It is true that he suffered from liver failure and was close to the top of a transplant list at the time of his death.Bola o was survived by his Spanish wife and their two children, whom he once called my only motherland Although deep down he always felt like a poet, his reputation ultimately rests on his novels, novellas and short story collections Although Bola o espoused the lifestyle of a bohemian poet and literary enfant terrible for all his adult life, he only began to produce substantial works of fiction in the 1990s He almost immediately became a highly regarded figure in Spanish and Latin American letters.In rapid succession, he published a series of critically acclaimed works, the most important of which are the novel Los detectives salvajes The Savage Detectives , the novella Nocturno de Chile By Night In Chile , and, posthumously, the novel 2666 His two collections of short stories Llamadas telef nicas and Putas asesinas were awarded literary prizes In 2009 a number of unpublished novels were discovered among the author s papers.



10 thoughts on “Distant Star

  1. says:

    This short novel has some similar elements to The Savage Detectives, but it s much darker Bola o looks at the sinister side of Latin American poetry movements and politics, as he explores the dark careers and identities of Alberto Ruiz Tagle, aka Carlos Wieder, a member of the Chilean air force who achieves as small measure of fame as a poet aviator practicing a dark kind of performance art by skywriting over the And


  2. says:

    This short novel, that flew through the dark clouds covering an eerie 70 s era Chile was a breathtaking and chilling narrative that I wish could have gone on for so much longer Intriguing, with a hidden sinister element, Bola o seeks to make sense of Chile s turbulent past He takes his obsession with poets, adds the Chilean Air Force and in particular one Carlos Wieder, to create a compelling read that despite it s sho


  3. says:

    This novel is an extension of the last entry in Bola o s wonderful earlier work Nazi Literature in the Americas It s clear why Bola o made it into a novel, it s one of the most memorable sections of the book A poet is forced into the Chilean air force and starts a new literary movement by writing poems in the sky above the Andes mountainsI feel that because I ve already read the story which inspired this I didn t really


  4. says:

    A brilliant miniature of the tenderness and sadism of 1970s Southern Cone poetry and politics Bola o, as in The Savage Detectives, works to undermine Art and Poetry as the cult of the pure while adoring both as accidental consequences of living He accuses poetry and poets of the Luciferian Romantic lyrical gyre, specifically in the role of a sky writing fascist serial killer poet and photographer who ushers in the Chilean


  5. says:

    A much better primer for 2666 than The Savage Detectives this one s short and involves the same sort of style, themes, characters, geographic all over the placeness, lists of books and writers some real, some so obscure they may as well be made up , soaring peaks, and dry valleys, but in this one there s skywritingDefinitely a recommended wading pool if you re wary of the hype heft of 2666 for which the average rating on goo


  6. says:

    3.5 5There are certain authors whom I keep coming back to because they do various themes to the point of what should be death but which never actually achieve that final destination of overworked banality This is hardly a static or even a linear relationship, seeing as how my previous Bola o experience occurred in 2014 and the prior first engagement happened in the far off blue yonder of my pre Goodreads days, encompassing a t


  7. says:

    A book about poets in Chile during the 1973 coup d etat, specifically Alberto Ruiz Tagle, an aviator Ruiz Tagle s real name was Carlos Wieder, and he had been part of the Chilean Air Force Throughout this short novel, he appears and disappears, and there are sightings in unusual places such as a prison for political dissidents It is not always obvious who the leftists are, the right wingers, or the Nazis Some claim to be poets a


  8. says:

    Literary KeyholesIn The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro painted an England as seen by the butler of a large house, whose keyhole view of the world, circumscribed by the minutiae of place setting and gong ringing, is so narrow that the truly great events the approach to World War can be seen only in narrow glimpses Roberto Bola o also writes of horror, but his particular keyhole is literature, especially avant garde poetry and l


  9. says:

    Forty years ago, Chile s elected president, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by the Pinochet regime Reading Roberto Bola o novella DISTANT STAR today, recollections of the coup events and, especially, their aftermath re emerge vividly in my mind In this work, originally published in Spanish in 1996, the author confronts us with different kinds of regime collaboration, from the activist to the sections of society that see themselves


  10. says:

    He flew in a light plane and he flew alone The novel opens in 1973, just before President Allende is overthrown by Augusto Pinochet In Concepci n, a group of left leaning idealists discuss Pablo Neruda and Che Guevera Members of this group include both the novel s unnamed narrator and the enigmatic Alberto Ruiz Tagle, a little known poet who is attractive to women and viewed with suspicion by men After the coup, Ruiz Tagle is revealed


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