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by: Roberto Bolano

Publisher: New Directions Books (1999)


Staff Pick by comrade: Jamie

In this beautifully written short novel, Bolano delves more deeply into characters first discussed in "The Savage Detectives." Trapped in the bathroom of UNAM's Faculty of Philosophy and Literature Department while the university is under military attack, Auxilio Lacouture takes the reader on a tour of Mexico City during the late 60s and 70s including her friendships with young poets and the unexpected isolation that comes with historical trauma. Amazing-couldn't put it down.