2666 by Roberto Bolano

 

2666 is one of the most beautifully designed books I know – a box set of three parts with a vivid colour palette and stark imagery. When I worked in a bookstore we had a copy I used to lust over, despite the fact that the subject matter is not really my usual jam. To quote directly from the back of the book:

Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman—these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

It’s sort of a murder mystery, I guess, but also three parallel journeys of self-discovery. It’s not my usual jam, but I’m intrigued – and I can’t say no to a $6 edition this beautiful.

(This is why I get in trouble at booksales.)

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