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Wimmer, Natasha

Works: 37 works in 192 publications in 2 languages and 14,407 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographical fiction  Psychological fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Novels  Biography  Essays  History  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery 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 )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 2,038 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
The savage detectives by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,838 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 1,324 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
Letters to a young novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 929 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. A literary apprenticeship in eleven letters, by the internationally acclaimed master of the novel 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 our common literary endeavor. A writer, in his view, is a being seized by an insatiable appetite for creation, a rebel, and a dreamer. But dreams, when set down on paper, require disciplined development, and so Vargas Llosa undertakes to supply the tools of transformation. Drawing on the stories and novels of writers from around the globe-Borges, Bierce, Celine, Cortazar, Faulkner, Kafka, Robbe-Grillet-he lays bare the inner workings of fiction, examining time, space, style, and structure, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create. Conversational, eloquent, and effortlessly erudite, this little book is destined to be read and reread by young writers, old writers, would-be writers, and all those with a stake in the world of letters
Redeemers : ideas and power in Latin America by Enrique Krauze( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 702 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
Woes of the true policeman by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unfinished masterpiece from the author of THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES and 2666"--
Sudden death by Alvaro Enrigue( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 692 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 )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 678 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
The language of passion by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 554 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 515 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 504 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( )

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

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope. The book's subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist's works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother's death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juarez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved
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 381 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.--Résumé de l'éditeur
Between parentheses : essays, articles, and speeches, 1998-2003 by Roberto Bolaño( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 381 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
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 237 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 170 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
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Audience level: 0.36 (from 0.27 for 2666 / ... to 0.58 for Kensington ...)

Alternative Names
Natasha Wimmer American translator

English (149)

Spanish (1)

The savage detectivesThe way to paradiseLetters to a young novelistRedeemers : ideas and power in Latin AmericaDelirioThe language of passionDirty Havana trilogy2666