I submit to you, my dear reader, a visualization (click to enlarge) of the structure of Roberto Bolaño’s novel, The Savage Detectives. This is an autobiographical novel, framed by a coming-of-age story of sex, poetry and violence. But it is a biography whose subjects–a pair of dadaist poets–are always disappearing.
I submit to you, dear reader, a collection of 10 book covers for the fictional novels, fragments, manuscripts, and fraudulent translations that appear in Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveller–a book which is also a library.
I submit to you, dear reader, a list of five sentences from The Five People You Meet In Heaven, (presented on an image taken from the author’s website) which I hope will demonstrate a simple stylistic principle: vague superlatives fail to impress.