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Amulet

(2007)
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A tour de force, Amulet is a highly charged first-person, semi-hallucinatory novel that embodies in one woman's voice the melancholy and violent recent history of Latin America.

It is September 1968 and the Mexican student movement is about to run head-on into the repressive right-wing government of Mexico: hundreds of young people will soon die.

When the army invades the university, one woman hides in a fourth-floor ladies' room and for twelve days she is the only person left on campus. Staring at the floor, she recounts her bohemian life among the young poets of Mexico City--inventing and reinventing freely--and along the way she creates a cosmology of literature. She is Auxilio Lacouture, the Mother of Mexican Poetry.

Auxilio speaks of her passionate attachment to young poets as well as to two beloved aged poets, to a woman who once slept with Che Guevera, and to the painter Remedios Varo, recalling visits which never occured. And as they grow ever more hallucinatory, her "memories" become mythologies before completely transforming into riveting dark prophecies.

Hair-raising and enthralling, Amuletis a heart-breaking novel and another brilliant example of the art of Roberto Bolaño, "the most admired novelist," as Susan Sontag noted, "in the Spanish-speaking world."

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51048-7 / 978-0-330-51048-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

November 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1664-0 / 978-0-8112-1664-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51049-5 / 978-0-330-51049-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51183-1 / 978-0-330-51183-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1746-9 / 978-0-8112-1746-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

May 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Amulet
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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