Biography and Career:
Roberto Bolano was born on April 28, 1953, in Chile. Till the age of 15, he moved from one place to another within his country. In 1968, his family moved to Mexico City
and there he had to leave school because he had dyslexia.
From his childhood, Roberto Bolano loved to read books and he read anything that he got. He was very much influenced by the ideals of Trotsky.
In 1973, he came back to Chile and entered the resistance of Augusto Pinochet as a spy. He got caught and was put in jail where he was almost about to die when he was saved by a guard who had been his classmate.
After this episode, Roberto Bolano came back to Mexico City and there joined the group of Infrarealistas
poets. During the middle of the 1980s, he made Spain his permanent home.
Roberto Bolano had several jobs to maintain his living and also wrote a number of books on fiction with the first book published in 1984. But they did not prove successful till the book La pista de hielo was published in 1993. Some copies of the other books he wrote didn't sell much.
In 1999, the book Los detectives salvajes was published and it brought him the long-awaited recognition. For this he won the Romulo Gallegos prize. After this, several of his novels and poetries were published.
He had written only a draft of the novel 2666 when he expired in Seville in 2003. The cause of his death was liver failure. After his death, 2666 was posthumously published and it gathered acclamation from critics. In 2007, it was performed on stage in Barcelona.
The English transition of 2666 was published in November 2008.
Why is he famous?
Roberto Bolano is famous as a late novelist from Chile known for writing the novels Los detectives salvajes and 2666.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"Literature is the product of a strange rain of blood, sweat, semen, and tears."
- Roberto Bolano
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