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Roberto Bolano Sayings: It smelled bad there, like blood and rotting meat, a dense, heavy smell very different It smelled bad there, like blood and rotting meat, a dense, heavy smell very different from the smell of his own town, which smelled of dirty clothes, sweat clinging to the skin, pissed-on earth, which is a thin smell, and smell like Chorda filum.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Those Yalta nights, with extraordinary women who could drink vodka without swooning until six in Those Yalta nights, with extraordinary women who could drink vodka without swooning until six in the morning and sweaty young people from the Association of Proletarian Writers of Crimea who came to ask for literary advice at four in the afternoon.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Hen Anne stopped and talked to me for the first time. I can't remember what Hen Anne stopped and talked to me for the first time. I can't remember what we said, maybe our names and where we came from. at the end of the conversation I invited her to dinner at my house that night. It was Christmastime, or nearly, and I made a pizza and bought a bottle of wine. We talked until very late. That was when Anne told me she'd been to Mexico several times. Overall, her adventures were very similar to mine. Anne thought this was because the lives or the youths of any two individuals would be fundamentally alike, in spite of the obvious or even glaring differences. I preferred to think that somehow she and I had both explored the same map, fought the same doomed campaigns, received a common sentimental education. At five in the morning, or perhaps later, we went to med and made love.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: The novel, arguably the author's best, had a disquieting power, like a sleeping crocodile. The novel, arguably the author's best, had a disquieting power, like a sleeping crocodile.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: I try to find the books that I lost or forgot more than 30 years I try to find the books that I lost or forgot more than 30 years ago on another continent, with the hope and dedication and bitterness of those who search for their first lost books, books that if found I wouldn't read anyway, because I've already read them over and over, but that I would look at and touch just as the miser strokes the coins under which he's buried ... Books are like ghosts
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: ... where Halder and Hans usually arrived first and had something to eat, perhaps sausage ... where Halder and Hans usually arrived first and had something to eat, perhaps sausage with a bit of sauerkraut.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: No one pays attention to these killings, but the secret of the world is hidden No one pays attention to these killings, but the secret of the world is hidden in them.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Above the street, like a hanged man, swings the spot-lit sign of the neighborhood's best Above the street, like a hanged man, swings the spot-lit sign of the neighborhood's best restaurant, closed a long time ago.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Then they talked about freedom and evil, about the highways of freedom where evil is Then they talked about freedom and evil, about the highways of freedom where evil is like a Ferrari.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: When it left, death didn't even close our eyes. When it left, death didn't even close our eyes.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: When you die of sorrow it's as if you've broken all the bones in your When you die of sorrow it's as if you've broken all the bones in your body, bruised yourself all over, cracked your skull. That's sorrow.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Everything's over, I thought. I felt rested, I'm home, I have lots to do. When Everything's over, I thought. I felt rested, I'm home, I have lots to do. When I sat up in bed, though, all I did was start to cry like a fool, for no apparent reason.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: One is prepared for friendship, not for friends. One is prepared for friendship, not for friends.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: I remember scrutinizing his face. I remember drinking his face down to the last drop, I remember scrutinizing his face. I remember drinking his face down to the last drop, trying to elucidate the character, the psychology of such an individual. And yet the only thing about him that has remained is my memory of his ugliness.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: This story is very simple, although it could have been very complicated. Also, it's incomplete, This story is very simple, although it could have been very complicated. Also, it's incomplete, because stories like this don't have an ending.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: The moon is fat and the night air is so pure it seems edible. The moon is fat and the night air is so pure it seems edible.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: They talk but their words don't register on the soundtrack. Anyway, they must be saying They talk but their words don't register on the soundtrack. Anyway, they must be saying things like how was your day, I'm tired, there's an avocado sandwich in the kitchen, thanks, thanks, a beer in the refrigerator.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Ivanov's fear was of a literary nature. That is, it was the fear that afflicts Ivanov's fear was of a literary nature. That is, it was the fear that afflicts most citizens who, one fine (or dark) day, choose to make the practice of writing, and especially the practice of fiction writing, an integral part of their lives. Fear of being no good. Also fear of being overlooked. But above all, fear of being no good. Fear that one's efforts and striving will come to nothing. Fear of the step that leaves no trace. Fear of the forces of chance and nature that wipe away shallow prints. Fear of dining alone and unnoticed. Fear of going unrecognized. Fear of failure and making a spectacle of oneself. But above all, fear of being no good. Fear of forever dwelling in the hell of bad writers.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Ivanov had been a party member since 1902. Back then he had tried to write Ivanov had been a party member since 1902. Back then he had tried to write stories in the manner of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, or rather he had tried to plagiarize them without much success, which led him, after long reflection (a whole summer night), to the astute decision that he should write in the manner of Odoevsky and Lazhechnikov. Fifty percent Odoevsky and fifty percent Lazhecknikov. This went over well, in part because readers, their memories mostly faulty, had forgotten poor Odoevsky (1803-1869) and poor Lazhechnikov (1792-1869), who died the same year, and in part because literary criticism, as keen as ever, neither extrapolated nor made the connection nor noticed a thing.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time. After the last rereading (just now), I realize that time isn't the only thing that matters, time isn't the only source of terror. Pleasure can be terrifying too, and so can courage.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists. There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: I dreamt that Earth was finished. And the onlyhuman being to contemplate the end was I dreamt that Earth was finished. And the only
human being to contemplate the end was Franz
Kafka. In heaven, the Titans were fighting to the
death. From a wrought-iron seat in Central Park,
Kafka was watching the world burn.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Reading is never a waste of time. Reading is never a waste of time.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: It was the tyrannical, slightly stupid thing you say after you've made love. It was the tyrannical, slightly stupid thing you say after you've made love.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Coincidence obeys no laws and if it does we don't know what they are. Coincidence, Coincidence obeys no laws and if it does we don't know what they are. Coincidence, if you'll permit me the simile, is like the manifestation of God at every moment on our planet. A senseless God making senseless gestures at his senseless creatures. In that hurricane, in that osseous implosion, we find communion.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: On the ride back to the hotel, they lost the sense of being in a On the ride back to the hotel, they lost the sense of being in a hostile environment, although hostile wasn't the word, an environment whose language they refused to recognize, an environment that existed on some parallel plane where they couldn't make their presence felt, imprint themselves, unless they raised their voices, unless they argued, something they had no intention of doing.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: In other words: Allende's work is bad, but it's alive; it's anaemic, like a lot In other words: Allende's work is bad, but it's alive; it's anaemic, like a lot of Latin Americans, but it's alive. It won't live long, like many sick people, but for now it's alive. And there's always the possibility of a miracle.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: And finally the two of them plunged into the dark sea, a sea like a And finally the two of them plunged into the dark sea, a sea like a pack of wolves, and they dove around the boat trying to find young Reiter's body, with no success, until they had to come up for air, and before they dove again, they asked the men on the boat whether the brat had surfaced. And then, under the weight of the negative response, they disappeared once more among the dark waves like forest beasts and one of the men who hadn't been in before joined them, and it was he who some fifteen feet down spotted the body of young Reiter floating like uprooted seaweed, upward, a brilliant white in the underwater space, and it was he who grabbed the body under the arms and brought him up, and also he who made the young Reiter vomit all the water he had swallowed.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Every book in the world is out there waiting to be read by me. Every book in the world is out there waiting to be read by me.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: Only poetry isn't shit. Only poetry isn't shit.
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Roberto Bolano Sayings: It would be interesting to remember the dreams I had here, at the Del Mar, It would be interesting to remember the dreams I had here, at the Del Mar, more than ten years ago. I probably dreamed about girls and punishment, the way all boys that age do.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats
Roberto Bolano Sayings: There are silences made just for us. There are silences made just for us.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Everything that begins as comedy ends as a comic monologue, but we aren't laughing anymore. Everything that begins as comedy ends as a comic monologue, but we aren't laughing anymore.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: A bastard may have no imagination and then do one imaginative thing when you least A bastard may have no imagination and then do one imaginative thing when you least expect it, said Espinoza.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Dizzied, thrilled, depressed by remembering ... Dizzied, thrilled, depressed by remembering ...
Roberto Bolano Sayings: There's a secret sickness called Lisa. Like all sicknesses, it's miserable and it comes on There's a secret sickness called Lisa. Like all sicknesses, it's miserable and it comes on at night.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Today I realized that what I wrote yesterday I really wrote today: everything from December Today I realized that what I wrote yesterday I really wrote today: everything from December 31 I wrote on January 1, i.e. today, and what I wrote on December 30 I wrote on the 31st, i.e. yesterday. What I write today I'm really writing tomorrow, which for me will be today and yesterday, and also, in some sense, tomorrow: an invisible day. But enough of that.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Nothing good ever comes of love. What comes of love is always something better Nothing good ever comes of love. What comes of love is always something better
Roberto Bolano Sayings: I thought you were dying, said Amalfitano."No, I was dreaming," said Castillo. I thought you were dying, said Amalfitano.
"No, I was dreaming," said Castillo.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Not only to myself or before the mirror or at the hour of my death, Not only to myself or before the mirror or at the hour of my death, which I hope will be long in coming, but in the presence of my children and my wife and in the face of the peaceful life I'm building, I must acknowledge: (1) That under Stalin I wouldn't have wasted my youth in the gulag or ended up with a bullet in the back of my head. (2) That in the McCarthy era I wouldn't have lost my job or had to pump gas at a gas station. (3) That under Hitler, however, I would have been one of those who chose the path of exile, and that under Franco I wouldn't have composed sonnets to the caudillo or the Holy Virgin like so many lifelong democrats. One thing is as true as the other. My bravery has its limits, certainly, but so does what I'm willing to swallow. Everything that begins as comedy ends as tragicomedy.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: When I was done traveling, I returned convinced of one thing: we're nothing. When I was done traveling, I returned convinced of one thing: we're nothing.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: At the bar on the Favoritenstrasse, Julius the policeman talked to us about dignity, evolution, At the bar on the Favoritenstrasse, Julius the policeman talked to us about dignity, evolution, the great Darwin and the great Nietzsche. I translated so that my good friend Ulises could understand what he was saying, although I didn't understand any of it. The prayer of the bones, said Julius. The yearning for health. The virtue of danger. The tenacity of the forgotten. Bravo, said my good friend Ulises. Bravo, said everyone else. The limits of memory. The wisdom of plants. The eye of parasites. The agility of the earth. The merit of the soldier. The cunning of the giant. The hole of the will. Magnificent, said my good friend Ulises in German. Extraordinary.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Everything is a burned book, my dear maestro. Music, the tenth dimension, the fourth dimension, Everything is a burned book, my dear maestro. Music, the tenth dimension, the fourth dimension, cradles, the production of bullets and rifles, Westerns: all burned books.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: That night I didn't sleep a wink, said Norton in her letter, and it occurred That night I didn't sleep a wink, said Norton in her letter, and it occurred to me to call Morini. It was late, it was rude to bother him at that hour, it was rash of me, it was a terrible imposition, but I called him. I remember I dialed his number and immediately I turned out the light in the room, as if so long as I was in the dark Morini couldn't see my face. To my surprise, he picked up the phone instantly.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: ... I realized my happiness was artificial. I felt happy because I saw the others ... I realized my happiness was artificial. I felt happy because I saw the others were happy and because I knew I should feel happy, but I wasn't really happy.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it's fun in the end.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Silence is love just as your raspy voice is a bird. Silence is love just as your raspy voice is a bird.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: ... everything was quiet, except for some boys playing soccer in the middle of the ... everything was quiet, except for some boys playing soccer in the middle of the street. He honked the horn and the boys took a long time to get out of the way. In the rearview mirror he saw a Rand Charger appear at the other end of the street, He coasted along and let the Rand Charger catch up. The driver and his companion showed not the least interest in him and at the corner the Rand Charger passed his car and left him behind.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: And quick strokes of other less intimate adventuresFlashed in her wounded eyes like fireflies. And quick strokes of other less intimate adventures
Flashed in her wounded eyes like fireflies.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Nothing is ever behind us. Nothing is ever behind us.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Right now you can cry and let your image dissolveon the windshields of cars parked Right now you can cry and let your image dissolve
on the windshields of cars parked along
the Boardwalk. But you can't lose yourself.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: [A]nd the wizened youth trembles more and more violently, wrinkles his nose and then pounces [A]nd the wizened youth trembles more and more violently, wrinkles his nose and then pounces on the story. But only I know the story, the real story. And it is simple and cruel and true and it should make us laugh, it should make us die laughing. But we only know how to cry, the only thing we do wholeheartedly is cry.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: A badulaque," said Espinoza, "is someone of no consequence. It's a word that can also A badulaque," said Espinoza, "is someone of no consequence. It's a word that can also be applied to fools, but there are fools of consequence, and badulaque applies only to fools of no consequence.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Life is full of problems, although life was wonderful in Barcelona in those days, and Life is full of problems, although life was wonderful in Barcelona in those days, and problems were called surprises.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: According to Dieter Hellfeld, a member of the Swedish Academy According to Dieter Hellfeld, a member of the Swedish Academy
Roberto Bolano Sayings: I'm an educated man, the prisons I know are subtle ones. I'm an educated man, the prisons I know are subtle ones.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Dreams fade with morning light, Never a morn for thee, Dreamer of dreams, goodnight. Dreams fade with morning light, Never a morn for thee, Dreamer of dreams, goodnight.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Nothing lasts, the purely loving gestures of children tumble into the void. Nothing lasts, the purely loving gestures of
children tumble into the void.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Who was the first human being to look out a window? Who was the first human being to look out a window?
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The demented strutting of a dumb bird in the moonlight. The demented strutting of a dumb bird in the moonlight.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: He dreamed that he and Elvira Campos lived together in a cabin in the mountains. He dreamed that he and Elvira Campos lived together in a cabin in the mountains. The cabin didn't have electricity or running water or anything to remind them of civilization. The slept on bearskin, with a wolf skin over them. And sometimes Elvira Campos laughed, a ringing laugh, as she went running into the woods and he lost sight of her.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Reading is more important than writing. Reading is more important than writing.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Argentina's like a novel, he said, a lie, or make-believe at best. Buenos Aires is Argentina's like a novel, he said, a lie, or make-believe at best. Buenos Aires is full of crooks and loudmouths, a hellish place, with nothing to recommend it except the women, and some of the writers, but only a few. Ah, but the pampas - the pampas are eternal. A limitless cemetery, that's what they're like.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: An intellectual can work at the university, or, better, go to work for an American An intellectual can work at the university, or, better, go to work for an American university, where the literature departments are just as bad as in Mexico, but that doesn't mean they won't get a late-night call from someone speaking in the name of the state, someone who offers them a better job, better pay, something the intellectual thinks he deserves, and intellectuals always think they deserve better.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: This is my last communique from the planet of the monsters. Never again will I This is my last communique from the planet of the monsters. Never again will I immerse myself in literature's bottomless cesspools. I will go back to writing my poems, such as they are, find a job to keep body and soul together, and make no attempt to be published.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: At the time I was living with a Mexican woman and it looked as if At the time I was living with a Mexican woman and it looked as if the relationship would be the death of her, and me, and the neighbors, and sometimes even the people who ventured to pay us a visit.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The town was sunk in a kind of crystal ball; everyone seemed to be asleep The town was sunk in a kind of crystal ball; everyone seemed to be asleep (transcendentally asleep!) no matter if they were walking or sitting outside. Around five the sky clouded over and at six it began to rain. The streets cleared all at once. I had the thought that if it was as if autumn had unsheathed a claw and scratched: everything was coming apart. The tourists running on the sidewalks in search of shelter, the shopkeepers pulling tarps over the merchandise displayed in the street, the increasing number of shop windows closed until next summer. Whether I felt pity or scorn when I saw this, I don't know. Detached from any external stimulus, the only thing I could see or feel with any clarity was myself. Everything else had been bombarded by something dark; movie sets consigned to dust and oblivion, as if for good.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The road to wealth is sown with false starts and failures that should in no The road to wealth is sown with false starts and failures that should in no way discourage the poor who make good or our neighbors with new found riches. We have to give it our all.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: I preferred not to respond. (Although several replies occurred to me.) I preferred not to respond. (Although several replies occurred to me.)
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Bright colours in the west, giant butterflies dancing as night crept like a cripple toward Bright colours in the west, giant butterflies dancing as night crept like a cripple toward the east.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The night was dark as pitch or coal. Stupid expressions, thought Pereda. European nights might The night was dark as pitch or coal. Stupid expressions, thought Pereda. European nights might be pitch-dark or coal-black, but not American nights, which are dark like a void, where there's nothing to hold on to, no shelter from the elements, just empty, storm-whipped space, above and below.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I'd rather not talk about it, because I Nothing happened today. And if anything did, I'd rather not talk about it, because I didn't understand it.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: When you know something, you know it, and when you don't, you'd better learn. And When you know something, you know it, and when you don't, you'd better learn. And in the meantime, you should keep quiet, or at least speak only when what you say will advance the learning process.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: There were the usual deaths, yes, those to be expected, people who started off celebrating There were the usual deaths, yes, those to be expected, people who started off celebrating and ended up killing each other, uncinematic deaths, deaths from the realm of folklore, not modernity: deaths that didn't scare anybody.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Life is shit, thought Pelletier in astonishment, all of it. Life is shit, thought Pelletier in astonishment, all of it.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Still, American television is full of smiles and more and more perfect-looking teeth. Do these Still, American television is full of smiles and more and more perfect-looking teeth. Do these people want us to trust them? No. Do they want us to think they're good people? No again. The truth is they don't want anything from us. They just want to show us their teeth, their smiles, and admiration is all they want in return. Admiration. They want us to look at them, that's all. Their perfect teeth, their perfect bodies, their perfect manners, as if they were constantly breaking away from the sun and they were little pieces of fire, little pieces of blazing hell, here on this planet simply to be worshipped.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The style was strange. The writing was clear and sometimes even transparent, but the way The style was strange. The writing was clear and sometimes even transparent, but the way the stories followed one after another didn't lead anywhere: all that was left were the children, their parents, the animals, some neighbors, and in the end, all that was really left was nature, a nature that dissolved little by little in a boiling cauldron until it vanished completely.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: 68. By then all poets will live in artistic communities calls jails or asylums. 69. 68. By then all poets will live in artistic communities calls jails or asylums. 69. Our imaginary home, the home we share.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Sometimes I thought it was a good thing that he had gone blind, because that Sometimes I thought it was a good thing that he had gone blind, because that way he would never see me, never see my face, never see the look on my face when I was with him, which wasn't the look of a prostitute or a thief or a spy, but an expectant look, the look of someone hoping for anything and everything, from a kind word to a life-changing declaration.
There weren't many kind words, because Maciste didn't talk much, but there were kind gestures. And there were no life-changing declarations, or at least none I recognized at the time, though since then I've come to remember each of Maciste's words as a key or a dark bridge that surely could have led me elsewhere, as if he were a fortune-telling machine designed exclusively for me, which I know isn't true, though sometimes I like to think so, not often, because I don't lie to myself the way I used to, but every once in a while.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: On the front flap, the reader was informed that the Testamento geometrico was really three On the front flap, the reader was informed that the Testamento geometrico was really three books, 'each independent, but functionally correlated by the sweep of the whole,' and then it said 'this work representing the final distillation of Dieste's reflections and research on Space, the notion of which is involved in any methodical discussion of the fundamentals of Geometry.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: He turned his face into the stream of water and closed his eyes. I'm not He turned his face into the stream of water and closed his eyes. I'm not as sad as I'd have thought, he told himself. This is all unreal, he said to himself.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: But in practice, neither believed in friendship or loyalty. They believed in passion, they believed But in practice, neither believed in friendship or loyalty. They believed in passion, they believed in a hybrid form of social or public happiness (both voted Socialist, albeit with the occasional abstention), they believed in the possibility of self-realization.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Drink up, boys, drink up and don't worry, if we finish this bottle we'll go Drink up, boys, drink up and don't worry, if we finish this bottle we'll go down and buy another one. Of course, it won't be the same as the one we've got now, but it'll still be better than nothing. Ah, what a shame they don't make Los Suicidas mezcal anymore, what a shame that time pases, don't you think? what a shame that we die, and get old, and everything good goes galloping away from us.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Isn't reality an insatiable AIDS-riddled whore? Isn't reality an insatiable AIDS-riddled whore?
Roberto Bolano Sayings: I remember that a couple, both tall and thin, turned away from a painting and I remember that a couple, both tall and thin, turned away from a painting and peered over as if I might be an ex-lover or a living (and unfinished) painting that had just got news of the painter's death. I know I walked out without looking back and that I walked for a long time until I realized I wasn't crying, but that it was raining and I was soaked. That night I didn't sleep at all.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: And no one moans: there is no anguish. Only our nocturnal silence when we crawl And no one moans: there is no anguish. Only our nocturnal silence when we crawl on all fours toward the fires that someone has lit for us at a mysterious hour and with incomprehensible finality. We're guided by fate, though we've left nothing to chance. A writer must resemble a censor, our elders told us, and we've followed that marvelous thought to its penultimate consequence. A writer must resemble a newspaper columnist. A writer must resemble a dwarf and MUST survive. If we didn't have to read too, our work would be a point suspended in nothingness, a mandala pared down to a minimum of meaning, our silence, our certainty of standing with one foot dangling on the far side of death. Fantasies. Fantasies. In some lost fold of the past, we wanted to be lions and we're no more than castrated cats. Castrated cats wedded to cats with slit throats.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: The card for the Santa Teresa cybercafe was a deepred, so red that it was The card for the Santa Teresa cybercafe was a deepred, so red that it was hard to read what was printed on it. On the back, in a lighter red, was a map that showed exactly where the cafe was located. He asked the receptionist to translate the name of the place. The clerk laughed and said it was called Fire, Walk With Me.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Jesus is the masterpiece. The thieves are minor works. Why are they there? Not to Jesus is the masterpiece. The thieves are minor works. Why are they there? Not to frame the crucifixion, as some innocent souls believe, but to hide it.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: We had contributed. So had his mother and all the other black mothers who wept We had contributed. So had his mother and all the other black mothers who wept at night and saw visions of the gates of hell when they should have been asleep.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: All horrors are dulled by routine. All horrors are dulled by routine.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Great physicists, great mathematicians, great chemists, and publishers knew that one was always feeling one's Great physicists, great mathematicians, great chemists, and publishers knew that one was always feeling one's way in the dark.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Espinoza experienced something similar, though slightly different in two respects. First, the need to be Espinoza experienced something similar, though slightly different in two respects. First, the need to be near Liz Norton struck some time before he got back to his apartment in Madrid. By the time he was on the plane he'd realized that she was the perfect woman, the one he'd always hoped to find, and he began to suffer. Second, among the ideal images of Norton that passed at supersonic speed through his head as the plane flew toward Spain at four hundred miles an hour, there were more sex scenes than Pelletier had imagined. Not many more, but more. (16)
Roberto Bolano Sayings: I went on happily reading well into the night, when no one ventured on to I went on happily reading well into the night, when no one ventured on to the decks of the Donizetti, except for sinful shadows who were careful not to interrupt me, careful not to disturb my reading, happiness, happiness, passion regained, genuine devotion, my prayers rising up and up through the clouds to the realm of pure music, to what for want of a better name we call the choir of the angels, a non-human space but undoubtedly the only imaginable space we humans can truly inhabit, an uninhabitable space but the only one worth inhabiting, a space in which we shall cease to be but the only space in which we can be what we truly are ...
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Listen: I don't have anything against autobiographies, so long as the writer has a penis Listen: I don't have anything against autobiographies, so long as the writer has a penis that's twelve inches long when erect. So long as the writer is a woman who was once a whore and is moderately wealthy in her old age.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: While we are looking for the antidote or the medicine to cure us, that is, While we are looking for the antidote or the medicine to cure us, that is, the 'new', which can only be found by plunging deep into the Unknown, we have to go on exploring sex, books, and travel, although we know that they lead us to the abyss, which, as it happens, is the only place where the antidote can be found.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: With every day that passes I am more convinced that the act of writing is With every day that passes I am more convinced that the act of writing is a concious act of humility.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: If volition is bound to social imperatives, as William James believed, and it's therefore easier If volition is bound to social imperatives, as William James believed, and it's therefore easier to go to war than it is to quit smoking, one could say that Liz Norton was a woman who found it easier to quit smoking than to go to war.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: We interpret life at moments of the deepest desperation. We interpret life at moments of the deepest desperation.
Roberto Bolano Sayings: Mrs Dorothea's typewriter was like a heart, a giant heart beating in the middle of Mrs Dorothea's typewriter was like a heart, a giant heart beating in the middle of the fog and chaos.