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A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.

The star of Roberto Bolaño's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multi-media enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions.

For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet's regime. The narrator, unable to stop himself, tries to track Ruiz-Tagle down, and sees signs of his activity over and over again. A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bolaño's darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet. In Bolaño's world there's a big graveyard and there's a big graveyard laugh. (He once described his novel By Night in Chile as "a tale of terror, a situation comedy, and a combination pastoral-gothic novel.")

Many Chilean authors have written about the "bloody events of the early Pinochet years, the abductions and murders," Richard Eder commented in the The New York Times: "None has done it in so dark and glittering a fashion as Roberto Bolaño."

Used availability for Roberto Bolano's Distant Star

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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : Paperback
Title: Distance Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolaño
ISBN: 0099461722 / 9780099461722 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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December 2004 : Paperback
Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0811215865 / 9780811215862 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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October 2004 : Paperback
Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1843430940 / 9781843430940 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Kindle edition
Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano

Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2004 : Kindle edition
Title: Distant Star (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews

Publisher: New Directions
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