Thoughts like Fish

Many awesome passages percolate up from the thick tome that is Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives (Picador Edition).

“…[S]trange ideas would come to my head. Ideas that were like dead fish or fish on the verge of death at the bottom of the sea.” (pg. 498)

And the entry by Guillem Piña give great insight on the inner life of an aging – and not-so-successful – artist:

“In retrospect, the passage from one state to another takes on the harsh, brutal overtones of the sudden and irremediable, but of course it all happened much more slowly.” (pg. 499)


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