Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Did Bolaño know about this?!

(MINOR) Spoiler Alert: Some people could consider this posting a spoiler, so please don't read if you don't want to know stuff about books you are planning to read.

The second Bolaño book was terrifying. It documents the mysterious murders of hundreds of women in and around the city of Santa Teresa in Mexico. The women, the men, the cops, the politicians, the landscapes... everything is off.

Just yesterday I noticed this story by Sally Denton about the murders of 12 prostitutes in Albequerque and it made me tremble. I know that New Mexico is not the same as MEXICO, but the Beast story eerily resembles what I have been reading in 2666.

The New Mexico killings started back in 2001 and I wonder whether Bolaño knew anything about this going on. Or whether he had a premonition that something terrible was about to happen?!

2 comments:

  1. Bolano based the murders in 2666 on real life homicides, but not the ones you mention. He based them on these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_homicides_in_Ciudad_Ju%C3%A1rez, which have been taking place in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico since 1993. Santa Teresa in 2666 is a fictional version of Ciudad Juarez.

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  2. Wow, Paul. Thank you so much for your note. I didn't think 2666 had anything to do with the New Mexico murders. Now I am starting to think that the New Mexico murderers have been reading 2666.

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