A Little Lumpen Novelita

A Little Lumpen Novelita

Summary

'Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime'

So begins Bianca’s tale of growing up the hard way. Orphaned overnight as a teenager, she drops out of school and drifts into the bad company of two criminals her brother brings home. As the four of them plot a fantastical crime, Bianca learns she can drift even lower...

Electric and tense with foreboding, A Little Lumpen Novelita - one of the last novellas Roberto Bolaño published – delivers a fractured fairy tale of taking control of one's fate.

TRANSLATED BY NATASHA WIMMER

Bolaño has proven that literature can do everything’ The New York Times

‘The man was a flat-out genius, one of the greatest writers of our time’ Paul Auster

Reviews

  • One of the best books of the year–A Little Lumpen Novelita feels as substantial as a book three times as long. This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you'd expect from Bolano.
    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

About the author

Roberto Bolaño

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