The Savage Detectives
Roberto Bolaño
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Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM By Roberto Bolaño

In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bola o tells the story of two modern day Quixotes the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe our own The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitiousIn this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bola o tells the story of two modern day Quixotes the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe our own The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.
  • Title: The Savage Detectives
  • Author: Roberto Bolaño
  • ISBN: 9781433292644
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Audio CD

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Jessica Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our ideas change over time and even become less rigid, but still we maintain that we know on some level what it is that we want. Maybe when we're nineteen, we're convinced we could only ever truly love a man with a neck tattoo who sings lead in an Oi! band and has great feminist politics and knows how to cook. Or maybe our criteria are purely negative, a [...]
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Glenn Russell Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
Since there are so many fantastic reviews of The Savage Detectives, I thought I would offer a slightly different approach as per below.In Part 1, the first-person narrator, 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero, tells us right off he is reading the erotic fiction of Pierre Louys (incidentally, one of Louys's novels was made into a Luis Buñuel film – That Obscure Object of Desire). Also, the way Juan speaks of the visceral realists, a group of wild avant-garde poets where young Juan is a member, remi [...]
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s.p Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
‘Youth is a scam’Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) created a very special novel with The Savage Detectives. The novel is constantly moving, grinding slowly across the years steady and sure as a freight train, carrying the baggage of our existence towards the inevitable finality of life. During the course of my reading, people would misinterpret the title and tell me they enjoyed a good crime thriller and inquire into the plot of the book I clutched lovingly in my hands. While this is no ‘whodunn [...]
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Jim Fonseca Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around in mid-1970’s Mexico City. Their lives are poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get them published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their love for poetry is disarming. They exist in odd hours, wander aimlessly through the city, drink, make love, steal books from bookstores, and talk poetry constantly. As they get older they become émigrés in Europe [...]
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Kris Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I am struggling over writing this review. The Savage Detectives has become an important book to me, and I’m trying to find the best way to put a whole series of associations, emotions, and thoughts into words about how it has entered into my life and mind and heart. I have a tendency to hide behind a lot of formal analysis when I am writing, but I don’t think that approach is good enough for this review. I just met a close friend from graduate school for dinner last week - he now lives in Sa [...]
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StevenGodin Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
This novel has caused me great distress (not so much reading, but trying to figure out just how many of those little stars to dish out). I could have opted for a measly one because when it dragged me by the feet into a room of boredom (the middle third) it decided to drag big time, only to drag some more"AAAHHH, let me out!, can't take any more!". But as a stubborn individual there was no way this was going to beat me, I huffed, and I puffed, and I set my eyes to work, as sometimes we have to pu [...]
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brian Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
a reviewer wrote that she enjoyed Savage Detectives, but complained that it was 'about nothing' -- that she read nearly 700 pages and left with this notion proves her a total jackass and describes precisely why this is a great book: as with a life, Savage Detectives cannot be reduced to a few rote themes or ideas; it's a messy, sprawling jackson-pollock-painting of a book. kept at a distance from our main characters, we hear testimonials by various people who knew them through different chapters [...]
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Jenn(ifer) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I want to sum up my thoughts about this book using a quote from its pages…“…What a shame that time passes, don’t you think? What a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.”But that seems insufficient. How about a song?youtube/watch?v=iLx__XThat doesn’t quite do it either. How about a poem?SELF PORTRAIT AT TWENTY YEARSI set off, I took up the march and never knewwhere it might take me. I went full of fear,my stomach dropped, my head was buzzing: [...]
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Jason Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I am so late to this party!Sorry, I meant to share my review of The Savage Detectives sooner but things got sort of crazy. I was enjoying a Cuba Libre at El Loto de Quintana on Avenida Guerrero near the Glorieta de Insurgentes with Ian Graye’s visceral reviewers, the self-proclaimed readers of the avant-garde. We were discussing the poetry of Alberto Bonifaz Nuño and López Velarde and even the butch queer Manuel José de la Cruz from San Luis Potosí when I noticed the waitress Jacinta Rúb [...]
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RandomAnthony Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
My interpretation of 90% of the passages I encountered in Savage DetectivesI walked around Mexico City for a while. And then I sat in a coffee shop and wrote poetry for seven hours. And then I saw a crazy poet I know and we argued about Octavio Paz. And then I read (name drop about 30 Latin American poets of whom I've never heard). And then I wanted to see Maria.But somebody who cares a lot about the history and insider references of Latin American poetry might love it. I only managed 150 pages. [...]
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Ian "Marvin" Graye Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
What’s a Giggle Amongst Family and Friends?I bought this book 15 months ago. I finished it yesterday. It started off as a crisp, thin-leafed semi-brick whose 648 pages intimidated me. I only got the courage to read it when a discussion group gave me the impetus I needed. Now, it sits less crisp, but read, on my desk, wondering who will read it next. Like me, it’s 15 months older, but we are both easing into middle age and are still making new friends. We two are friends now, as if we’ve kn [...]
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Mike Puma Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
This review, such as it is, might be considered spoilerish, actually, it’s a lotta spoilerish, it’s presented in a rambling, perhaps, incoherent manner, and it is tentatively offered. It also includes a speculative consideration, for your reading enjoyment—one you’re very entitled to disagree with. Take a little theory, take a little text, stir them together, you get speculation. Toward that end I focus on a single aspect of the novel. You’ve been warned.Ladies and Gentlemen, you want [...]
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Jonathan Ashleigh Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I read this book because a friend of a friend recommended it to me. It reminded him of The Sorrows of Young Mike and because of the style and the way some of the sex scenes were described I understand where he was coming from. But, in the end this book did very little for me. I couldn't care about their literary movement (whatever that means) or any of the characters in general. The first section was readable but the second was not as it was more of the same page after page. I started the third [...]
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Darwin8u Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
“Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I’d rather not talk about it, because I didn’t understand it.”― Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives“In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats”― Roberto Bolaño, The Savage DetectivesThis is a book that is nearly impossible to review, absolutely impossible to summarize, and simultaneously amazing and frustrating. Bolaño created a novel and a narrative that (IMHO) attempted to capture [...]
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Geoff Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
~~To do anything well we must do it until death, and we won't have gotten closer to perfection for all of that; and it is sad that most of us don't do anything more than what was asked of us by something else a long time ago; and so our energies are dispersed and lost and we are less for our efforts. Not to serve another and not to serve the Self but to serve the inner Void where all infinities collide and collapse. If we followed what calls to us most desperately we'd all be wanderers, or we'd [...]
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Garima Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
The innocence of childhood, the muddiness of adolescence, the charm of youthUnconditional love of a mother, passionate love of a lover, bloody revenge by an enemy.Teachings of a teacher, lessons learnt by a student, choosing a road untraveled.Poems by poets, novels by writers, paintings by painters.A lost idol, reminiscences by ironic souls, A regained Idol.Love, obsession, sex, drugs, heart-breaks, longing, road-trip, search, survival.Arturo Belano, Roberto Bolano, Ulises Lima, Mario Santiago- [...]
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Mark Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
customer service, how may I direct your call?I'd like to phone in a review, please. Reason? I don't know how to do it myself.I'm sorry sir. As part of terms of service, I could have accepted: illness, vacation, out of body experience, picking vegetables in a garden, working overtime, mission control for the Mars rover program, -- -- That's it, that's it, mission control. I'm working mission control. It's -- -- Be serious, sir. Alright, fine. I'll work on it myself.Now we want you to enjoy your [...]
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Aubrey Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I hate the description for this novel. Anything longer than a single paragraph is destined for bloviation, an Excel graph of key phrases selling itself to as many bidders as possible. A long list of characters fishing for the lay reader's empathy? Borges and Pynchon for those who don't need that sort of nonsense? Please. If it gets more people reading Bolaño, sure, but these days that's the end all excuse for literature in a capitalist society. The least we can do is point it out and follow it [...]
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K.D. Absolutely Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I enjoyed 2666(5 stars) more than this. 2666 is more engaging, brutal and with far more interesting characters. 2666 is also more cohesive and the plot is more intricately built. However, The Savage Detectives has more heart being basically a story of a male friendship. Then what made this friendship between two poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima more touching was the fact that this was based on real-life friendship between Roberto Bolano (as Arturo Belano) and his friend Mario Santiago (as Uli [...]
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MJ Nicholls Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I am told this novel made some minor splash upon its publication. I see no evidence to support this claim. I see no particular swelling of interest in this lowly text on . I see no ecstatic over-the-top declarations of lust for this novel. No effusive dissertations conveying the message “I totally bought into the hype and splooged fifty times over this book like Ron Jeremy catching his reflection in the pupils of a malnourished Cuban trollop.” I see no substantial body of scholarship aggluti [...]
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Fabian Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
Because it seems almost impossible to organize ideas for this review, in ode to the author I will present it as so:March 1- : See "Savage Detectives" & "2666" (in Spanish) at Wal-Mart (Yarbrough, El Paso, TX). Yes- it is easy to see the difference between the English books (Steele, Vampbooks by Meyer and Meyer-wannabes [hey, writers gotta eat too, you know:], magazines) and the Spanish books (Gabriel G. Marquez, the Biblia). Because L. told me to do so, I pick "Detectives salvajes."March 1- [...]
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Rod Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I have a good feeling about this, based on the first few pages. Feels like Murakami meets Kerouac. So, grown up Roddy reading meets teenage Roddy reading. The locale shifts from Japan and the USA to South and Central America. The quest narrative continues with a new backdrop. Everybody wins. ************300 pages later, and nothing has happened yet, so I'm having second thoughts about my first impression. It's not at all clear what the big deal is supposed to be about this book. I mean, seriousl [...]
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Stephen M Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
(This review has some vague spoilers, just as a warning. It’s really tough for me to do a proper analysis without spoilers.)This is a brilliant book. This is a frustrating book.This is due to the brilliance and the frustration of its second section, the largest section of the Chilean born Roberto Bolaño’s debut novel. This, the book’s namesake, is a sprawling and splintered affair that features an array of thrilling locales that would make Roland Emmerich’s budget committee blush. From [...]
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Oriana Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I wish there was a proper way to splutter in written form. I mean, it's not that I didn't like this book, really. I certainly didn't not like it. I just just I dunno, I guess I just didn't get it like everyone else seems to've. As I said somewhere else, given that everyone really lost their shit over this book (I mean, did you see brian's review? Or Andrew's? Or freaking Josh's??), I guess I was really expecting to have my whole brain rearranged by it, like when I first read Cortàzar. And that [...]
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Mary Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
"Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else." Author: UnknownThere are no true individuals. Bolaño knew this. Juan García Madero did not know this. When we were 17 years old, none of us knew this either. Sometimes when we're 30 we still don't know this. And if we're lucky/unlucky/smart/stupid maybe when we're 60 we won't know this then either.This book is a lingering smoke cloud, a feeling that will not go away, impending doom?, recognition?, a satire of the literary world and a h [...]
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Praj Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
How to solve the Savage Detective riddle?Three visceral realists, an abused prostitute, a sphinx-like poet and a hounding masochistic pimp. Savage Detectives is a segmented nostalgia of barefaced narratives, miscellaneous testimonies and a thrilling road trip. It comes across as an intricate brainteaser that has passed the test of time by how artistic and diagnostically zealous youth can be. This is my third Bolano manuscript and I dearly yearn to pen an Ode to this bohemian soul. However, confe [...]
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Deniz Balcı Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
"Hiç yara almadan aynadan, geçemezsin"Yorum yazıp yazıp, siliyorum. Bazı kitapları anlatmak için yetersiz geliyor söyleyeceklerim. Kısaca bir şeyler söyleyip, bırakayım. Benim için hala en iyi kitabı '2666' olsa da, Vahşi Hafiyeler'de Bolano'nun geçmişine dalma fırsatı yaşadığım ve kendimi onun yanında hissettiğim için farklı bir heyecan ve keyif yaşadım. Bolano benim için en özel birkaç yazardan bir tanesi. Haliyle her ayrıntıda, onun geçmişinden kulağıma [...]
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Adina Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
I give up!!! I will consider this as read since the 300 pages or so that I read felt like 3 books. It took me more than 3 weeks to get here and I just can't continue. I do not have much time to read/day and I prefer to read something I enjoy. The first part was, strangely, both very gripping and incredibly boring. I wanted to read something else but ended up reading Savage Detectives but while reading it I was bored. Now, it just feels boring. I understand the book's merits, I admired the struct [...]
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B0nnie Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
Let's pretend this is the picture on the cover:The Savage Detectives seems like a book written entirely between the lines. The plot consists of several people talking about their encounters with the poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, the two creators of the visceral realist gang. The feeling of lost time, lost friends, lost ambitions builds with each of their testimonies so that by the last page - the last sentence, "What's outside the window?" - you have the feeling of being punched in the gu [...]
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tim Nov 14, 2018 - 09:30 AM
The first one hundred and fifty pages didn’t do a whole lot for me. I thought the narrator of the initial diary section was pompous, annoying, and full to overflowing with name-dropping. Not helping matters, the next couple hundred pages of mixed narratives were sporadically on and off. At about the halfway point I recalled what Mike Reynolds said in a review or thread somewhere, something along the lines that there are two different kinds of readers. Those who hear words while reading, and th [...]
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The Savage Detectives By Roberto Bolaño In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bola o tells the story of two modern day Quixotes the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe our own The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitiousIn this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bola o tells the story of two modern day Quixotes the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe our own The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

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