Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, Woes of the True Policeman marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.
In his incomplete final novel, Bola o begins with Amalfitano, a year-old philosophy professor at the University of Barcelona, who loses his position after he's accused of having an affair with one of his male students. With his adolescent daughter, Rosa, he decides to move to Santa Teresa, a Mexican border town, where he finds a new teaching position at the local university.
There he becomes friendly with an artist named Castillo, who makes a living forging Larry Rivers paintings to sell to gullible Texan art lovers. From here, the narrative splinters as Bola o details Rosa's tours of Santa Teresa, itemizes the literary career of the novelist J. Arcimboldi, and delves into the backstory of the Santa Teresa detective charged with shadowing Amalfitano.
Throughout, the professor maintains a correspondence with his former lover, Padilla, who in time confesses that he has AIDS. Began in the s, this novel never really comes together to form a cohesive whole. Dedicated to both Manuel Puig and Philip K.
Woes of the True Policeman is a novel written by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño and published posthumously. The novel was first released in Spanish in Start by marking “Woes of the True Policeman” as Want to Read: Begun in the s and worked on until the author’s death in , Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño’s last, unfinished novel. For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or.
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