I don’t know what to say about this book- I loved the multiple narration/non-linear storyline, and felt like the reader got several great short stories in the book about writing, creation, travel, searching, and heartache. There were so many great characters- even one who represents the author.

I loved Part 1, which was written in short journal articles by a character who is not revisited until 50 pages from the end of this massive novel in Part 3. The middle part (Part 2) consists of interviews with various characters that, when pieced together, tell the story of our two protagonists- the Viscerally Realist poets Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima.

I have a feeling I will be digesting this book for a while, and it’s probably one I will need to reread as there will definitely be more to unfold now that the end is made clear. I loaned this from the library, but it’s one of those books I’ll definitely buy when I want to reread it. I would recommend this to anyone who loves postmodernism or South American writing. I can’t wait to read more from this author, who sadly passed away at the young age of 50 in 2003.

Book 18/40

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