Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nazi Literature in the Americas

Roberto Bolano's fictitious account of Fascist literati in North, Central and South America is diverting in so far as it goes, but nowhere near as funny, vicious or imaginative as I hoped. Effectively a collection of pen-pictures, the most effective chapter is Bolano's first person account of Ramirez Hoffmann, a pilot in the Chilean air force and sociopathic poet. No doubt based on any number of Chile's military murderers in the 70's, Hoffmann is a chilling character, and the chapter affects, but it stands out like a sore thumb compared with the faux objectivity of the other character entries.
"Nazi Literature" was very readable and it may grow on me over time, but the day after finishing it, I'm still a little disappointed.

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