Friday, 6 February 2009

Bolano's Bards

Jason Guriel -- whose columns at Harriet have been burning up the discussion boards -- turns in a thoughtful report on Robert Bolano's novel The Savage Detectives.

"It is often the young who invest the most in the idea of art, which doesn’t always return a profit. Bolaño’s poets, particularly their younger incarnations, invest so much in the idea of the poetry of Césarea Tinajero (a modern day Sappho with almost none of the scraps) they fail to notice the idea is a Ponzi scheme that will never pay off their lofty expectations."

Read the rest here.

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