The Skating Rink

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With a murder at its heart, Roberto Bolaño’s The Skating Rink is, among other things, a crime novel. Murder seems to have exerted a fascination for the endlessly talented Bolaño, who in his last interview, according to The London Observer, “declared, in all apparent seriousness, that what he would most like to have been was a homicide detective.”

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Set in the seaside town of Z, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink is told in short, suspenseful chapters by three male narrators, and revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. A ruined mansion, knife-wielding women, political corruption, sex, and jealousy all appear in this atmospheric chronicle of a single summer season in a seaside town, with its vacationers, businessmen, immigrants, bureaucrats, social workers, and drifters.

“Exquisite ... another unlikely masterpiece, as sui generis as all his books so far. The Skating Rink manages to honor genre conventions while simultaneously exploding them, creating a work of intense and unrealized longing.” -Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review

“This is pure Bolaño.” -The Texas Observer

Additional Information

Author Roberto Bolano / Chris Andrews (translator)
Publisher New Directions Paperback
Page Count 182pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 8
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date February 2011
ISBN 978-0-8112-1868-9

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