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Woes of the True Policeman

(2012)
A novel by

 
Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño's last, unfinished, novel.

The novel follows Amalfitano - exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter - as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico. It is here, in this border town - haunted by dark tales of murdered women and populated by characters like Sorcha, who fought in the Andalusia Blue Division in the Spanish Civil War, and Castillo, who makes his living selling his forgeries of Larry Rivers paintings to wealthy Texans - that Amalfitano meets Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work highlights the provisional and fragile nature of literature and life.

Woes of the True Policeman is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, it marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4472-3328-X / 978-1-4472-3328-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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November 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto BolaAħo
ISBN: 0-374-26674-3 / 978-0-374-26674-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-670-06524-2 / 978-0-670-06524-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4472-3330-1 / 978-1-4472-3330-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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October 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-14-317797-4 / 978-0-14-317797-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto BolaAħo
ISBN: 1-250-03782-4 / 978-1-250-03782-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4472-3458-8 / 978-1-4472-3458-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

November 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Robert Bolano
ISBN: 1-61120-974-9 / 978-1-61120-974-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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November 2012 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-61120-978-1 / 978-1-61120-978-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Woes of the True Policeman
Author(s): Roberto BolaAħo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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