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Malt Whisky Drinking, Single Speed Bike Racing, Poetry Loving, Book-Fiend, & If This Makes Me Seem Cool, It's All In The Edit.



The Ideal Library Symbolizes Everything a Society stands for. A Society Depends On Its Libraries To Know Who it Is, Because Libraries Are Societies Memory (A. Manguel). This Is My Attempt To Construct My Ideal library.

The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño The SAVAGE DETECTIVES - Roberto Bolano ( trans- Natasha Wimmer) "The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honour life, because it brings them against its most formidable weapons". Nietzche (T.O.T.I)" The Visceral Realists are meteorites, streaking through the sky,radiating impending doom".Gustavo .E. Raynal.This novel tells the tale of the two leaders (Ulises Lima & Aturo Belano) of a group of poets called "The Visceral Realists" & their search for the poet Cesarea Tinajero, the mother of visceral realism, whose existence is almost mythical & open to question. Having left little if any works of poetry Cesarea Tinajero only appears to exist in the stories & praise of those who claim to know her. "Night was falling over Mexico City & Cesarea was laughing like a ghost". R.B.It is told in 3 sections, the first "Mexicans lost in Mexico" centres around the diary of Juan Garcia Madero, a 17 year old aspiring poet who is invited to join the Visceral Realists.Although he is uncertain of the movement, Juan becomes increasingly involved with them & he drops out of university to spend his time wandering the streets & bars of Mexico City with various members of the group.Part 2 " The Savage Detectives" does not actually start until page 125. It consists of a series of interviews covering around 400 pages, by a cast of poets, painters & thieves, the dregs & individuals living on the periphery of Latin American society, who have come into contact with our heroes (?).Through this technique we learn what happens to Ulises & Aturo on their quest, which takes them through North America, Europe & the Middle East.For the 3rd part " The Deserts of Sonaro" we are back with Juan Garcia Madero as he tells of himself, the two Visceral Realists & a prostitute named Lupe, whom they are trying to save from her pimp, whilst closing in on the quest for Cesarea Tinajero."To you, the bold venturers & adventurers, & who-ever has embarked with cunning sails upon dreadful seas, to you who are intoxicated with riddles,who take pleasure in twilight, whose soul is lured with flutes to every treacherous abyss - for you do not desire to feel for a rope with a cowardly hand; and where you can guess to hate to calculate...". Nietzche (E.H.)This novel spans a couple of decades, crosses continents & dives deep below the underbelly of Latin American society. Its cast of poets, some are thieves - all are victims whether by choice or not - explode across the page to die seconds later, some hang by their fingernails for a while longer before being left in some dingy dive wittering to themselves that they have more to offer. But the tale, as with life, has left them & moved on.http://parrishlantern.blogspot.com