“2666″ is a raunchy and shocking tour de force based in part on the investigation of the still unsolved murder, over the course of a decade, of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez in the Sonora Desert of Mexico just across the U.S. border. More than we ever wanted to know (but should) about the intertwining of the political class, the police, the narcos and the press in Mexico. No wonder the people don’t trust their government or especially the police both of which are perceived as disinterested, at best, or downright malign at the worst.
Bolano was born in Santiago Chile in 1953 and spent much of his life in Mexico and Spain where he died at the age of 50.
Published posthumously, “2666″ has been touted as “one of the cornerstones that define an entire literature.”