Roberto Bolaño

Stencil graffiti in Barcelona featuring Bolaño (2012) Roberto Bolaño Ávalos (; 28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel ''Los detectives salvajes'' (''The Savage Detectives''), and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel ''2666'', which was described by board member Marcela Valdes as a "work so rich and dazzling that it will surely draw readers and scholars for ages". ''The New York Times'' described him as "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation".

His work has been translated into numerous languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, and Dutch. At the time of his death he had 37 publishing contracts in ten countries. Posthumously, the list grew to include more countries, including the United States, and amounted to 50 contracts and 49 translations in twelve countries, all of them prior to the publication of ''2666'', his most ambitious novel.

In addition, the author enjoys excellent reviews from both writers and contemporary literary critics and is considered one of the great Latin American authors of the 20th century, along with other writers of the stature of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, with whom he is usually compared. Provided by Wikipedia
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