The Unknown University

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New Directions Publishing, Jul 11, 2013 - Poetry - 835 pages
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A deluxe edition of Bolano’s complete poetry

Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolano touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which “you become infinitely small without disappearing.” When asked, “What makes you believe you’re a better poet than a novelist?” Bolano replied, “The poetry makes me blush less.” The sum of his life’s work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolano’s gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “Poetry,” he believed, “is braver than anyone.”

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Bolano is as good a poet as a prose writer. Witness his genius in smaller but no less shocking, amazing, and always unpredictable bites. This collection bristles with true poetic talent; and it's got everything--so far as we know. Read full review

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A collection that is never 'finished' for me as a reader.. simply shelved till next time I reach for it. Superb. Read full review

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Laura Healy has received a Master’s in Spanish from Harvard. She is the managing editor of Harvard Review and the web editor of Zoland Poetry.

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