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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."

    

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Used availability for Roberto Bolano's Distant Star

Paperback Editions

July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Distance Star
Author(s): Roberto BolaAo
ISBN: 0-09-946172-2 / 978-0-09-946172-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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December 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1586-5 / 978-0-8112-1586-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-84343-094-0 / 978-1-84343-094-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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Audio Editions

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


Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Distant Star
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2004 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Distant Star (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon