The Third Reich: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 22, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages

On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.

Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo's well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel. Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, Udo's favorite World War II strategy game, and Udo discovers that the game's consequences may be all too real.

Written in 1989 and found among Roberto Bolaño's papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. Reading this quick, visceral novel, we see a world-class writer coming into his own—and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666.

 

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From the acclaimed Chilean novelist (1953-2003), a recently discovered 1989 novel; this enigmatic look at power though the prism of war games is on a smaller scale than the two sprawling works that ... Read full review

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At first I thought this was not all that great, but weeks later scenes & events malinger and I'm forced to reconsider, write a review. Sort of an odd & tedious premise: four middle-class Germans on ... Read full review

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Contents

August 20
3
August 21
8
August 22
18
August 23
27
August 24
35
August 25
44
August 26
51
August 27
59
Summer 1942
187
September 14
190
Anzio Fortress Europa Omaha Beachhead Summer 1942
200
With the wolf and the Lamb
204
My Favourite Generals
216
Autumn 1942 Winter 1942
219
September 17
224
September 18
231

August 28
70
August 29
89
August 30
100
August 31
106
September 1
112
September 2
117
September 3
123
September 4
126
September 5
131
September 6
138
September 7
145
September 8
159
September 9
162
September 10
169
September 11
177
September 12
184
September 19
238
September 20
243
September 21
253
September 22
258
September 23
262
September 24
265
September 25 Bar Casanova La Jonquera
269
September 30
270
Ingeborg
271
Hanna
272
October 20
273
Seeckt
274
Frau Else
275
The Convention
276
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About the author (2011)

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

Natasha Wimmer has translated many works of fiction and nonfiction by Spanish language authors, including Mario Vargas Llosa, Laura Restrepo, and Rodrigo Fresán, as well as Roberto Bolaño.

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