The romantic dogs : 1980-1998

by Roberto Bolano

Hardcover, 2008




New York : New Directions Pub., c2008.


"The Romantic Dogs, a bilingual collection of forty-four poems, offers American readers their first chance to encounter phenomenon Roberto Bolano as a poet: his own first and strongest literary persona. (When asked, "What makes you believe you're a better poet than a novelist?" Bolano replied: "The poetry makes me blush less.") These poems - intimate, moving, and witty, wide-ranging in form and length - have appeared in magazines such as Harper's, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Poetry, Soft Targets, Tin House, Circumference, and A Public Space."--BOOK JACKET.

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LibraryThing member jbeckhamlat
Spanish English text. Some great lines, some thoughtfull lines.
LibraryThing member yarb
Dreadful. The characters in Bolaño's novels write better poetry than this! The title of the volume is pretty apt. Rambling free verse descriptions of cheap hotel rooms and tawdry people, fraught with juvenile self-mythologizing in a "lying in the gutter looking up at the stars" style and sprinkled
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with ham-fisted high-culture references.

There's no sign here of the maturity and moral nuance seen in the author's best novels, and there's absolutely nothing to admire technically.
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