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The narrator is an year-old young man. In events of , the narrator is imprisoned in the gymnasium and he sees a plane flown by Carlos Wieder, who writes aerial poetry. The literary critic Ibacache is also mentioned as someone who praises his skills vehemently. When the narrator is freed, Bibiano goes to visit him to give him news. They have been expelled from the university, and several classmates, most of which in the poetry workshops they attended, have gone missing. Marta Posadas, or Martita, who became a close friend of Ruiz-Tagle, realizes after he moves away and disappears, that he is Carlos Weider, they are the same person.

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Turn up any stone in Chile, the poet Pablo Neruda used to say, and five poets will crawl out. The fictional narrator of Distant Star, with little surprise is one of them: a young Chilean to the far south of the country caught up in turbulent times, enamoured of poetry, political debate, and the two stunningly beautiful Garmendia sisters.

Unfortunately for him - and very soon, for them as well as others, the sisters only have eyes for another of the aspiring poets in their poetry workshop, the aloof and mysterious figure of Alberto Ruiz-Tagle Carlos Wieder , a vaguely aristocratic young man who does not share the others political beliefs, freedoms, or bohemian lifestyles whilst also hiding a menacing secret.

In the vertiginous first chapter of Distant Star, we descend rapidly from the student world, of late nights, literature, and hopeless poetic passions, to the ghastly realities of military repression, murders, disappearances, and an all together uncertainty on what the future holds.

Mostly looking back at earlier times, the narrator, now living in Barcelona, like so many of his countrymen is a haunted man. He spent several months in a concentration camp. He then begins a wandering life in Europe that is forever defined by this historical turning point. He is continuing his poetic career, however, using the small planes he pilots he write messages in the skies over Chile, combining violent and patriotic slogans.

This skywriting adds still further to the romantic reputation of the young officer, so that when he announces that he is holding a photographic open day style exhibition in his apartment, influential figures from the armed forces and Chilean high society show up for the showing. But what they witness is the opposite of what they had been hoping for. Instead of romantic, bold, heroic images, they are suddenly confronted with the horror and brutality, inflicted in the name of Chile.

All the while, the narrator is still struggling to make a career, and coming to terms of what happened to him, his friends, and a generation brought up on literature. I could have breezed through this in a couple of hours, but felt compelled to drag it out for as long as possible. I want to go back and read it again for the first time. It had such an effect on me.

I found it that good.

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By his own account, he was skinny, nearsighted, and bookish: an unpromising child. He was dyslexic and was often bullied at school, where he felt like an outsider. He came from a lower-middle-class family, [4] and while his mother was a fan of best-sellers they were not an intellectual family. The only interesting article in it was about a house that had once belonged to Dylan Thomas I got out of that hole thanks to a pair of detectives who had been at high school with me. He was notorious in Chile for his fierce attacks on Isabel Allende and other members of the literary establishment. He affectionately parodied aspects of the movement in The Savage Detectives.

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Distant Star – Roberto Bolaño

Plot summary[ edit ] The book is narrated from a distance by Arturo B. The narrator first encounters Ruiz-Tagle in a college poetry workshop led by Juan Stein, where Ruiz-Tagle presents himself as a well-dressed, financially secure, self-taught writer with an unnaturally cool, distant, and calculated demeanor — in sharp contrast to the economically poor, messy, leftist, activist tendencies of the narrator and most other poetry fans then enrolled at the University of Concepcion. Ruiz-Tagle also shows a surprising detachment from his own work, giving measured, intelligence criticism and receiving it without flinching. Ruiz-Tagle also shows a disquieting lack of interest in having more than superficial social relationships with most of his fellow aspiring poets.

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Turn up any stone in Chile, the poet Pablo Neruda used to say, and five poets will crawl out. The fictional narrator of Distant Star, with little surprise is one of them: a young Chilean to the far south of the country caught up in turbulent times, enamoured of poetry, political debate, and the two stunningly beautiful Garmendia sisters. Unfortunately for him - and very soon, for them as well as others, the sisters only have eyes for another of the aspiring poets in their poetry workshop, the aloof and mysterious figure of Alberto Ruiz-Tagle Carlos Wieder , a vaguely aristocratic young man who does not share the others political beliefs, freedoms, or bohemian lifestyles whilst also hiding a menacing secret. In the vertiginous first chapter of Distant Star, we descend rapidly from the student world, of late nights, literature, and hopeless poetic passions, to the ghastly realities of military repression, murders, disappearances, and an all together uncertainty on what the future holds. Mostly looking back at earlier times, the narrator, now living in Barcelona, like so many of his countrymen is a haunted man. He spent several months in a concentration camp. He then begins a wandering life in Europe that is forever defined by this historical turning point.

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