This 1996 novella is about the dark history of Chilé, merged with a detective story about poets. We look at Bolaño’s career, while taking into account criticisms of his authenticity and his representation of Chileans from the vantage of his security in Europe.
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In this essay, one of America’s most beloved storytellers provides advice on consuming media, thinking critically about it and applying it to your own work. We get real personal while trying to figure out who our respective “muses” are.
Some call Pale Fire the best novel of the 20th century. So we interrogate what that means by diving into literary criticism about postmodernism, hypertextuality, authorial intent, unreliable narrators and more.