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The Skating Rink

(2009)
A novel by

 
A hair-raising book that delivers Bolaño's signature mix of mordant wit and romantic tenderness, The Skating Rink is both a crime and a love story. The story starts off with Gaspar Heredia - writer, Mexican, illegal immigrant, and stand-in for Bolaño himself - who meets Remo Moran, a businessman who pulled himself up to wealth from his inauspicious beginnings as a stall vendor of cheap tourist souvenirs. Moran hires Heredia as night watchman for a campground Moran runs as a stopping ground for many illegal immigrants. Heredia, out of boredom, starts spying on Moran's odd friends and accidentally stumbles across a skating rink built by a corrupt civil servant - Enric Rosquelles: pompous, fat, squat and ugly - who has diverted public funds to secretly build the rink on behalf of the love of his life: María, a young blonde babe whose abiding passion is to make it onto the Spanish Olympic ice-skating team and who, unbeknownst to Enric, is having a fling with Remo Moran, our successful businessman risen from cheap souvenirs. Alas, the discovery of Enric's crimes leads to madcap blackmail, more crime, sex, intrigue - and murder. Told in rotating narratives of the three men whose actions revolve around the young blonde skating babe and her dim-witted but strong-willed manipulations.

Set in the imaginary resort town of Z, north of Barcelona, Spain.

 

Hardback Editions

October 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Skating Rink
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51052-5 / 978-0-330-51052-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skating Rink
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1713-2 / 978-0-8112-1713-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skating Rink
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-52305-8 / 978-0-330-52305-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skating Rink
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-330-51053-3 / 978-0-330-51053-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Skating Rink (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1868-6 / 978-0-8112-1868-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

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


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


Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Skating Rink (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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