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Wimmer, Natasha

Works: 37 works in 204 publications in 2 languages and 14,468 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biographical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Psychological fiction  Novels  Biography  Essays  History  Historical fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Narrator, Editor
Classifications: PQ8098.12.O38, 863.64
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Natasha Wimmer
2666 by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 2,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman - these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared. Published posthumously, 2666 is, in the words of La Vanguardia, "not just the great Spanish-language novel of this decade, but one of the cornerstones that define an entire literature."
The savage detectives by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes - the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself - on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age. -- from back cover
The way to paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A New York Times Notable Book. Flora Tristan, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty and journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return in 1844, she makes her name as a champion of the downtrodden, touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union. In 1891, Flora's grandson, struggling painter and stubborn visionary Paul Gauguin, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas, where his dreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, the stifling forces of French colonialism, and a chronic lack of funds, though he has his pick of teenage Tahitian lovers and paints some of his greatest works. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in this double portrait, a rare study in passion and ambition, as well as the obstinate pursuit of greatness in the face of illness and death
The Third Reich : a novel by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comedic novel from the author of The Savage Detectives and 2666"--
Letters to a young novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tradition of Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet, " Mario Vargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into an essential manual for aspiring writers, revealing in the process his deepest beliefs about the world of letters
Sudden death by Alvaro Enrigue( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 1599 Roman tennis match between the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Quevedo represents the way the world changed in their times, in a novel that goes from the execution of Anne Boleyn to Mexico after the conquest
Delirio by Laura Restrepo( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In this remarkably nuanced novel, both a gripping detective story and a passionate, devastating tale of eros and insanity in Colombia, internationally acclaimed author Laura Restrepo delves into the minds of four characters. There's Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class family who is caught in the throes of madness; her husband Aguilar, a man passionately in love with his wife and determined to rescue her from insanity; Agustina's former lover Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer; and Nicolas, Agustina's grandfather. Through the blend of these distinct voices, Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption, as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable reality
Woes of the true policeman by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unfinished masterpiece from the author of THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES and 2666"--
Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America by Enrique Krauze( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the major ideas that have formed the modern Latin American political mind and profiles influential revolutionaries, thinkers, poets, and novelists, from Che Guevara to Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Márquez
The language of passion by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays by one of Latin America's most influential and controversial authors, representing a decade of columns from Spain's major newspaper El País, reflects on the problems of Latin American democracy, the role of religion in public life, the future of globalization, and more
Dirty Havana trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Testifying to the squalor and grit of contemporary Cuba, Pedro Juan Gutierrez's novel in stories chronicles the misadventures of Pedro Juan, a former journalist now living from hand to mouth, half disgusted and half fascinated by the depths to which he has sunk. Like the lives of many of his neighbors in the crumbling, once elegant apartment houses that line Havana's waterfront (and its notorious cruising strip, El Malecon), Pedro Juan's days and nights have been reduced by the so-called special times - the harsh recession that followed the Soviet Union's collapse - to the struggle to feed himself and the escapist pursuit of sex. Collecting garbage, peddling marijuana or black-market produce, clearing undesirables off the streets, whoring himself, begging, sacrificing to the santos, Pedro Juan scrapes by under the shadow of hunger - all the while observing his lovers and friends, and strangers on the street, their suffering and their own lifesaving schemes, with an unsentimental, mocking, yet sympathetic eye. Banned in Cuba but celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world, Gutierrez's picaresque novel is a fierce, loving tribute to Havana and the defiant, desperate way of lie that flourishes amid its decay."--Jacket
A little lumpen novelita by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'ow I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime' so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome in A Little Lumpen Novelita. Orphaned overnight as a teenager--'ur parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us'-she drops out of school, gets a crappy job. At night, she is plagued by a terrible brightness, and soon she drifts into bad company. Her little brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns she can drift lower... Electric and tense with foreboding, with its jagged, propulsive short chapters beautifully translated by Natasha Wimmer, A Little Lumpen Novelita--one of the last novels Roberto Bolaño published--delivers a surprising, fractured tale of taking control of one's fate." --
2666 by Roberto Bolaño( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in an urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young factory workers have disappeared
Between parentheses : essays, articles, and speeches, 1998-2003 by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of most of Bolaño's newspaper columns, articles (many about other literary authors), prefaces, and texts of talks or speeches given by Bolaño during the last five years of his life. "Taken together, they make a surprisingly rounded whole . . . a kind of fragmented 'autobiography.'"--Introduction, p.1
The savage detectives : a novel by Roberto Bolaño( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Year's Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: To track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesarea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run
Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A police sergeant searches for someone (perhaps a hunchback) and a nameless young woman (red-haired, a drug addict, a witness) sodomized by a cop--or is it the narrator? A collation of 56 "scenes" set in 1980 Barcelona
Kensington gardens by Rodrigo Fresán( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Hook is the son of mid-sixties rock-star parents, but has managed to become a successful children's author of a series of action books and movies. This work is an exploration of the charms and perils of children's literature and how fantasy can often effect reality
Father and son : a lifetime by Marcos Giralt Torrente( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many authors have wrestled with the death of a father in their writing, but few have grappled with the subject as fiercely, or as powerfully, as the brilliant Spanish writer Marcos Giralt Torrente does in Father and Son, the mesmerizing and discomfiting memoir that won him Spain's highest literary award, the Spanish National Book Award. Giralt Torrente is best known for his fiction, but it is in this often savage memoir that he demonstrates the full measure of his gifts. In the months following his father's death from cancer, Giralt Torrente could not write--until he began to write about his father. In many ways, they were strangers to each other; after his parents' relationship ended, when he was quite young, Giralt Torrente's father remained in contact with him but held himself at a distance. Silences began to linger, prompted by Giralt Torrente's anger at his father's lies and absences and perpetuated by their inability to speak about the sources of the conflicts between them. But despite their differences, they had a strong bond, and in the months leading up to his father's death from cancer, they groped toward reconciliation. Here the author commits to exploring it all, sparing neither his father nor himself, conscious of their flaws but also understanding of them. Weaving together history and personal narrative, Giralt Torrente crafts a startlingly honest account of a complex relationship, and an indelible portrait of both father and son
The Third Reich : a novel by Roberto Bolaño( Recording )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, and to the darker side of life in a resort town
The secret of fame : the literary encounter in an age of distraction by Gabriel Zaid( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The savage detectives
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Natasha Wimmer American translator

English (167)

Spanish (1)

The savage detectivesThe way to paradiseThe Third Reich : a novelLetters to a young novelistDelirioRedeemers : ideas and power in Latin AmericaThe language of passionDirty Havana trilogy