Thursday, January 19, 2012

Roberto Bolaño's "Labyrinth" (short story, non-genre, free): Some character portraits

Photograph illustrating the English translation in The New Yorker of short story Labyrinth by Roberto Bolano. Picture shows people whose story it is.
I find this story noteworthy primarily because of beautiful language & unusual presentation. In some sense, it's actually a borderline genre case. Style reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five". Here we have no time travel, assuming that that indeed was the case in Vonnegut's book. What we have, instead, is a picture - a group photograph, & the story is of people in the picture & of the speculative bits of their lives outside the frame.
With a suggestion that there is something sinister cooking.

Story is set in Paris.

Fact sheet.

First published: ? (in Spanish?)
Download full text of English translation by Chris Andrews from The New Yorker.
Rating: B.