ARTICLES BY Matthew Derby

Roberto Bolano’s The Skating Rink

Matthew Derby


Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 won last year’s National Book Critics Circle Award and received praise from Jonathon Lethem, Francine Prose and Time magazine. Although that 900-page epic was Bolaño’s final work before dying of liver failure, New Directions is publishing the first English translations of some of his earlier works. Matthew Derby brings his perspective to Bolaño’s noir-ish The Skating Rink. Derby is himself the author of the terrific collection of short stories, Super Flat Times.