The Third Reich

The Third Reich

Book - 2011
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Written in 1989 and found among Roberto Bolano's papers after his death, THE THIRD REICH is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. 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 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780670064007
Branch Call Number: F BOL NVD
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wimmer, Natasha
Alternative Title: 3rd Reich


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Apr 10, 2015

How many novels have the wargaming hobby as a central theme? Probably just this one, and for this reason it's a must read for wargame players.
Any wargamer that has ever left the hobby (perhaps to return to it later?) can identify with the ending.
I can imagine the author probably had fun writing this, as he was an avid player.
Non-wargamers might not get that much out of it.

Jun 04, 2012

Strong parallels to Thomas Mann's Death in Venice in theme and structure.

Feb 18, 2012

For readers of a certain age, Bolano's The Third Reich echoes with the kind of menacing familiarities that drew viewers towards the often confusing but always engaging world of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Crisscrossed with the omnipresent threat (or is it a promise?) of violence, this is a novel driven forward by questions that come to readers, especially n the novel's somewhat convoluted anticlimax, determined to defy answers. Are the various games unfolding across the novel real or imagined? Are the recountings those of a man obsessed with board games or an obsessed madman struggling to keep hold of the thinnest edge of sanity? Is the civility of our world merely a sham, a flimsy facade that might fade away at the drop of a board game token or in the brightness of a sunny day at the beach?

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