Great Translations: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Photo of Mexico City in the 1970s from

In this quasi-autobiographical story, a group of intense young poets, men and women, knock around Mexico City. Their lives revolve around poetry: reading it, writing poems, trying to get their poems published in fly-by-night literary magazines that only they read. The intensity of their love for poetry is disarming.

The Setting: Mexico City in the 1970s. The young people exist in odd…



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Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.