March 10, 2009

Still more Bolaño novels found


Roberto Bolano, from a photo album recently found amongst his papers

Roberto Bolaño, from a photo album recently found amongst his papers

“Two new novels by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño have reportedly been found in Spain among papers he left behind after his death,” as well as “what is believed to be a sixth section of Bolaño’s epic five-part novel 2666,” according to a Guardian report by Giles Tremlett. Citing a report by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Tremlett says the “previously unseen manuscripts” — entitled Diorama and The Troubles of the Real Police Officer — “apparently came to light when piles of documents, notebooks and diaries left behind by Bolaño were being sifted through.”

Beyond the novels, it seems, were other documents that “should help biographers sort out fact from fiction about the writer’s life,” notes Tremlett, such as whether the author really was a heroin addict, and whether he was actually in Chile during the overthrow of Salvador Allende by Agusto Pinochet, a claim by Bolaño that friends have cast doubt upon. (See the earlier MobyLives report.)

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.