16 March 2011

Kafka and the end of the world

31. 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.
- Tres, Roberto Bolaño

Tres, translated by Laura Healy, is coming in September from New Directions.

For a limited period, excerpts from Bolaño's "A Stroll Through Literature," the final section of Tres, can be accessed online at BOMB Magazine, Issue 115/Spring 2011.

More here. Via: Work in Progress.

Cross-posted from The 2011 Roberto Bolaño Reading Challenge.


  1. He really did love the idea of detectives didn't he.

  2. Yes. A lifelong obsession it must have been.