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Oct012012

The Third Reich

The Third Reich

by Roberto Bolaño

On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war-game 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. Although Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, Udo refuses to leave the hotel. Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, Udo's favourite World War II strategy game, and he 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.


Praise

"Bolaño wraps you up in a bond that doesn't break . . . [The Third Reich] is compelling in a way that brings to mind W.G. Sebald."
—The Globe and Mail

"A compulsive read."
—The National Post

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