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The Savage Detectives

(2007)
A novel by

 
New Year's Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesárea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run.

The explosive first long work by “the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, Los Angeles Times), The Savage Detectives follows Belano and Lima through the eyes of the people whose paths they cross in Central America, Europe, Israel, and West Africa. This chorus includes the muses of visceral realism, the beautiful Font sisters; their father, an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum; a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz; a foul-mouthed American graduate student; a French girl with a taste for the Marquis de Sade; the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky; a Chilean stowaway with a mystical gift for numbers; the anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire; an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola; and assorted hangers-on, detractors, critics, lovers, employers, vagabonds, real-life literary figures, and random acquaintances.

A polymathic descendant of Borges and Pynchon, Roberto Bolaño traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant-garde. The Savage Detectives is a dazzling original, the first great Latin American novel of the twenty-first century.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-44514-6 / 978-0-330-44514-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Savage Detectives: A Novel
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-374-19148-4 / 978-0-374-19148-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Savage Detectives (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition) (Picador 40th Anniversary Editn)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4472-0285-6 / 978-1-4472-0285-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-50952-7 / 978-0-330-50952-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-44515-4 / 978-0-330-44515-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Savage Detectives: A Novel
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-312-42748-4 / 978-0-312-42748-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4332-9264-5 / 978-1-4332-9264-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Savage Detectives: A Novel
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Savage Detectives, Part 1 of 2
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4332-9261-0 / 978-1-4332-9261-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolao
ISBN: 1-4332-9331-5 / 978-1-4332-9331-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Savage Detectives (Library Edition)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4332-9262-9 / 978-1-4332-9262-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-4332-9265-3 / 978-1-4332-9265-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Savage Detectives
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Savage Detectives: A Novel
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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