Roberto Bolaño died in 2003 — just as one of his books was appearing in English translation for the first time — but he must have been insanely prolific because new books written by him continue to appear with startling frequency. Just published is The Return (New Directions), a collection of stories that continue to demonstrate — as if any demonstration were required — his remarkable versatility and range.
Perhaps most striking are the last four stories in the book: "Joanna Silvestri" and "Prefiguration of Lalo Cura", both of which are set in the world of pornographic films; "Murdering Whores", about a woman's revenge on a very mach athlete; and the title story, about the ghost of a man who died suddenly in a Paris disco and is able to follow and observe what happens to his body as the ambulance attendants take it to a famous man's apartment (I refuse to tell you why, or what happens!). This is a delicious collection, worthy of Bolaño's oeuvre.
— Jeremy Nussbaum
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