The New Yorker:Roberto Bolaño and his fractured masterpiece (2007)

“Bolaño, who was dyslexic, didn’t enjoy the classroom, and he dropped out of high school, devoting himself to poetry. During the late sixties, mass demonstrations erupted frequently on Mexico City’s streets, and Bolaño revelled in the political ferment. He became a Trotskyist and travelled to El Salvador, where he befriended leftist poets who carried guns alongside their notebooks.”

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