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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roberto Bolaño, Roberto Bolaño Narrator: Natasha Wimmer, Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rainecoates | 2/16/2014

    " I am so happy to see more or Roberto Bolano's books becoming available in English. I held off on reading this because I wanted to savour it, to take my time in Bolano's world. A more straight-forward/marginal read than, say, 2666 or Savage Detectives, I found it less rewarding, less menacing. Two weeks later, however, I am still thinking about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corey Preston | 1/29/2014

    " Great moments, funny/fun premises, classic bolano looming and tenuous dred, ultimately unsatisfying... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sophie | 12/25/2013

    " I really did not like this. Nothing interesting happened. I think I will probably give this book to my Mum as I will not be reading this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Manuel | 12/19/2013

    " What a strange, disturbing, lovely book...! The final part felt somewhat disappointing though. That's a risk you run when you are enjoying a book so much: the ending may just not be good enough. I don't believe I'll ever think of Costa Brava with the same coolness after reading this book. By the way, it's July... I should BE there! "

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