The Third Reich

A Novel

Roberto Bolaño; Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

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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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The Third Reich
AUGUST 20Through the window comes the murmur of the sea mingled with the laughter of the night's last revelers, a sound that might be the waiters clearing the tables on the terrace, an occasional car driving slowly along the Paseo Marítimo, and a low and unidentifiable hum from the other rooms in the hotel. Ingeborg is asleep, her face placid as an angel's. On the night table stands an untouched glass of milk that by now must be warm, and next to her pillow, half hidden under the sheet, a Florian Linden detective novel of which she read only a few pages before falling asleep.

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The Third Reich — By Roberto Bolaño — Book Review - NYTimes.com
A German vacationer and a South American burn victim engage in a war strategy game in Roberto Bolaño’s novel.
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Roberto Bolaño; Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

Natasha Wimmer has translated many works of fiction and nonfiction by Spanish language authors, including Mario Vargas Llosa, Laura Restrepo, and Rodrigo Fresán, as well as Roberto Bolaño.

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The Third Reich
A Novel
Roberto Bolaño; Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
November 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427214225
ISBN10: 1427214220
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$39.99

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Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
November 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427214232
ISBN10: 1427214239
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374275624
ISBN10: 0374275629
6 x 9 inches, 288 pages
$25.00

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Picador
November 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250013934
ISBN10: 1250013933
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429967358
ISBN10: 1429967358
288 pages
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