Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Skating Rink , the author’s first novel, and the latest to be published in English, is a fantastic, hazy tale of murder and paranoia in the fictional Spanish seaside town of Z. Born in Santiago, Chile, Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) moved to Mexico City with his family in 1968. 356 reviews. He plays with the genre fairly well if you ask me. The rink itself, constructed inside a ruined palace, is a beautiful image of obsession. SPECIAL EVENTS. We’d love your help. ) The Skating Rink is an early novel of Bolaño’s, and one that put him on the literary map in part for his use of three narrators to tell the story and the unique way he constructs a detective novel that contains no actual detective . Primer novela negra que leí de Roberto Bolaño. You want us to believe that a character as minor as the Rookie committed the murder the whole book hinges on? The skating rink. So Bolaño's second novel is a mystery as well, only this time he writes a full on murder mystery. The story, told by three male narrators, revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. Collectively, they tell the back story of a murder and a scandal. “We all have to die a bit every now and then and usually it's so gradual that we end up more alive than ever. Murder seems to have exerted a fascination for the endlessly talented Bolano, who in his last interview, according to The Observer , “declared, in all apparent seriousness, that what he would most like to have been was a homicide detective.” The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño. When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in a local ruin of a mansion, using public funds. But I will say the death of a certain professional athlete was constantly anticipated and never fulfilled. As tends to be the case with Bolaño's shorter work, The Skating Rink is less about the destination than the ride – but, like much of what he wrote, it … About Search Results. The Skating Rink is a British opera in three acts and an epilogue, with music by David Sawer and libretto by Rory Mullarkey. The story, told by three male narrators, revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. Throw in obsession, political corruption, immigration, poets, a seaside resort on the Costa Brava, a homeless opera singer, an Olympic skater, a ruined mansion, the influence of Borges, a secret skating rink, a love triangle and lots of individual oddities. My first Bolaño and certainly not the last. Sometimes it has the effect of getting in the way, of clouding and over-complicating the story. Suffice it also to say that I have a rant. There are a few nice things about the book: the skating rink itself is a wonderful idea, and the character of Caridad is nice, and there's a great description of an imaginary avant-garde novel in the book. Find items in libraries near you. The Skating Rink was the first novel Roberto Bolaño published, a murder mystery in Spanish, all the way back in 1993. There are a few nice things about the book: the skating rink itself is a wonderful idea, and the character of Caridad is nice, and there's a great description of an imaginary avant-garde novel in the book. "The Skating Rink" is narrated by three men who live in a small town near Barcelona. The plot (which is quite intricate for a novel of this length) is told from a narrative viewpoint that rotates between three characters. You can see the rant below, but as it has been spoilertagged, you have been warned. He sticks to facts and concise descriptions of events. LEARN MORE. The voice of Enriq, the fat civil servant lover of the skater, I loved, but not so much the other two. Set in the seaside town of Z, on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink oscillates between two poles: a camp ground and a ruined mansion, the Palacio Benvingut. Garsington Opera presents a gripping new commission, written by leading British composer David Sawer with award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey, and based on the novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Like a stroll through a secret garden at dusk. Ver comentario. "The Skating Rink" is narrated by three men who live in a small town near Barcelona. It was then I realised that it was a tale I’d read last year in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Rashomon and 17 other stories, this tale "In the bamboo grove" concerns the murder of a traveller & the alleged rape of his wife, and is told through the differing pe. Bolano's bibliography was a MESS) hinges on t. This novel, often erroneously reported as Bolano's first (it was predated by an early version of Monsieur Pain entitled the Elephant Walk and Confessions of a Joyce Disciple to a Morrison Fanatic, the later of which has yet to be translated into English; Antwerp was also written beforehand; it was, however, the earliest chronologically to receive an English translation, at least if one takes into account that Antwerp was left unpublished for decades. Sometimes it has the effect of getting in the way, of clouding and over-complicating the story. Based on Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s novel it tells the thrilling tale of jealousy, political … Many of Bolano's preoccupations reappear in this book: the caravan park from Antwerp, the interest in seaside vacation towns (The Third Reich, "Last Evenings on Earth"), and a flirtation with the crime novel (plus a reference to a serial killer who stalks women and a discussion of an unusually well-endowed man--both Bolano staples), but it just doesn't come together here. Eventually, a homeless woman is found stabbed to death in the middle of the rink. My love for Bolano bars all criticism. It was then I realised that it was a tale I’d read last year in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Rashomon and 17 other stories, this tale "In the bamboo grove" concerns the murder of a traveller & the alleged rape of his wife, and is told through the differing perspectives of the various witnesses, all of who have their own agenda (including the deceased), yet with this story, there is blood and passion, which although it appears in the Skating Rink it’s more theoretical. The civil servant diverts official funds, and in an abandoned villa by the sea constructs a secret skating rink where he can sit and watch her lovely … I can easily say the man is a poet and a literary genius. About Search Results. In case anyone reading this review has not yet read Bolaño, I can say this novella is an excellent entry for the curious. Bolaño does know how to bring a sense of dread and an uncanny atmosphere to his settings; he keeps on pushing the reader away from the obvious (and somewhat typical) crime plot to make us focus on those lonely and vagabond characters which you never get to know completely. Will try to read again someday since it feels like it's maybe better than it seemed to me -- some characters and relations and scenes may have been smeared! Even demonstrating the unimportance of superficial details, he simply names the primary setting for this novel 'Z' (a city). A translation from the Spanish by Chris Andrews was published by New Directions in August, 2009. Quite anticipated with the mysterious crime part-- think it was beautifully written and structured, lovely rhythm of narratives and heart to heart confessions sort of. Even though it's his first and least Bolaño-esque book, all the essential elements are still here. The voice of Enriq, the fat civil servant lover of the skater, I loved, but not so much the other two. . This awesome rolling skating center in Puyallup features the state’s largest skating surface, new redemption game room and a snack bar that is a step up from others serving pizza, chicken wings and more to hungry skaters of all ages. This device is interesting as it illuminates the characters and events from different perspectives, but it is not entirely successful. If this rating were a rap song it would be telling you to Pop Champagne and fill your cup with Patron. by New Directions. The plot (which is quite intricate for a novel of this length) is told from a narrative viewpoint that rotates between three characters. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. It tells the story of the murder of a vagrant busker and one-time opera star, Carmen, in the Costa Bravan town of Z. Small stories and events, pretty easy read with lil mystery and scandal, drama and thrilling encounters. The opera, Sawer's fourth opera, is based on the novella The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño. Free Skate Mondays. The setting is interesting--and obviously familiar to Bolano himself since we see more or less the same place in both, I love Bolano--2666 is my favourite novel of the last decade--but I struggled to finish this short book. Enric, one of the narrators heads a city department and is dating a female figure skater who is vying for the Spanish Olympic team. It is light enough and accessible enough that no one need be intimidated (like I was). Start by marking “The Skating Rink” as Want to Read: Error rating book. while it certainly is not the most accomplished work in his acclaimed oeuvre, it is, nonetheless, an important minor contribution. For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain. The Skating Rink is a murder novel that subverts the classic detective mystery. Yes the official obsesses over the skater, yet it’s how it affects him, not her, that concerns him, and although the entrepreneur sleeps with Nuria, this seems to be more of a convenience between them both. [Roberto Bolaño] Home. But since it is a review on an internet book site, it is coming at you in five little orange stars, which, according to Good Reads mean "It was amazing. The Skating Rink (La Pista de Hielo in Spanish) is a novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. Read it distractedly thanks to wailin. Bolaño does know how to bring a sense of dread and an uncanny atmosphere to his settings; he keeps on pushing the reader away from the obvious (and somewhat typical) crime plot to make us focus on those lonely and vagabond characters which you never get to know completely. One of the New Directions series that came out this year, I'd been debating whether or not to try any of Bolaño's shorter stuff (i.e. Gasparín stalking Caridad and Remo's unspoken homesickness are much more interesting than the murder, which is mostly a big stain on the narrative. LEARN MORE. This is a book to be avoided by all but Bolano completists, and really only of sort of scholarly interest in Bolano's own development from my perspective...If nothing else, it's a good reminder that bad books do happen to good authors... An amazing first novel, published when Bolaño was 40 years old. I'm not a big fan of detective novels, though I've read my share of journalistic novels or murder mysteries. Read it distractedly thanks to wailing baby and sleep deprivation. It is a mix of genres; a touch of murder mystery, which is entirely secondary to the plot. The Skating Rink is a blackly comic thriller, but the pervasive tone of loss and longing is entirely Bolaño’s own, as are the frequent, though momentary, switches to complete surrealism. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Others, such as The Skating Rink, offer a fascinating insight into this extraordinary writer's creative process. A haunting novel by the much-acclaimed, late Roberto Bolano. ", An odd little book, but the flavour is distinctively Bolaño. a well written story set in my favorite season and involving my favorite level of government (summer and municipal). Collectively, they tell the back story of a murder and a scandal. I think I’m rather on the fence about this one; Bolano’s first novel. It's engrossing, readable, and reveals its plot perfectly. Fresh off the heels of The Savage Detectives, this book was a nice, easy read. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. anything not Savage Detectives or 2666), and I'm glad I did. So once again I find myself pulled into the world of novellas and short fictions, knowing I can finish these books in a day or two, feeding my book addiction with quicker and thicker thrills, piling up the novels until somehow the outside world subsumes itself into the fictional realm, leaving me free to write my own lurid and oblivious end. I'd compare it to his other Detectives spin-off, Amulet, though I like this one better. The Skating Rink is Bolano’s latest title to appear in an English translation, although his first novel to be published in Spanish. Bolano's bibliography was a MESS) hinges on two late-game acts of misdirection, or maybe one definite late-game act of misdirection and one ambiguous late-game act of misdirection. This is Bolaño's first published novel and the first of his novels I've read. This device is interesting as it illuminates the characters and events from different perspectives, but it is not entirely successful. My first Roberto Bolaño book! It's five star time! What is essentially an elongated chapter from Detectives, The Skating Rink shows that within Bolaño's myriad ideas and sketches true greatness can be found. Garsington Opera commissioned the opera and premiered it on 5 July 2018. The blades of a skate are a lethal weapon, you know. He had been a poet and writer for most of his adult life, and so the quality of this book is higher than you would expect from a first novel. Set in the seaside town of Z, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink is told in short, suspenseful chapters by three male narrators, and revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Mart. He went back to Chile in 1973 to “help build socialism” (as he wrote in his story “Dance Card”), but less than a month after his return Pinochet seized power. Seemed like an evolution toward 2666's clarity from Antwerp's confounded cubistic crime prose poem. When she is mysteriously banned from the rink where she has been practicing, he misappropriates city funds in order to build a skating rink within an abandoned mansion. Thus, The Skating Rink only receives three stars. If the mystery remains succesful in the end it is because the characters play. I like to read first books by authors before reading their magna opera (in Bolano's case '2666'), just to give a bit of background. A translation from the Spanish by Chris Andrews was published by New Directions in August, 2009. The Spot to Do It All King Family Fun Center Editor's note: The roller rink is closed for skating at this time. In his score, Sawer incorporates Latin-American influences such as the charango in its instrumentation. I'll follow him there. Me lleno de curiosidad al escoger este libro, algo me lo atrajo hacia mi. With a murder at its heart, Roberto Bolano’s The Skating Rink is, among other things, a crime novel. Skating Rinks in Downtown Seattle, WA. This book had me puzzled, it reminded me of another book, and at first I thought it was Lawrence Durrell’s “ The Alexandria Quartet” which as a tetralogy offers us four perspectives via four novels on the same series of events. Pre-K & Stroller Skate Thursdays. This novel, often erroneously reported as Bolano's first (it was predated by an early version of Monsieur Pain entitled the Elephant Walk and Confessions of a Joyce Disciple to a Morrison Fanatic, the later of which has yet to be translated into English; Antwerp was also written beforehand; it was, however, the earliest chronologically to receive an English translation, at least if one takes into account that Antwerp was left unpublished for decades. Worse, in an attempt to make the narrative sound "spoken," the prose simply lacks precision (and the whole book feels like it wasn't very scrupulously revised)--which is, of course, very unusual given Bolano's typically beautiful prose. Una de mis partes favoritas es cuando dos de las versiones cruzan en una misma escena. Set in the seaside town of Z, on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink oscillates between two poles: a camp ground and a ruined mansion, the Palacio Benvingut. Although apparently innocent, Enric goes to prison for the crime. Tres versiones las cuales te hacían creer quien podría hacer el asesino y de la misma forma, la victima. Then the Auto-Tune would begin. The first of these acts yanks the book away from its established arc but still makes sense, until the second comes along and possibly misdirects it, or maybe pulls things back to good sense... it's difficult to write this without spoilers, but I don't want to wreck the book for the anti-spoiler crowd. The story evolves in short chapters, although each chapter is written as one paragraph - I think the longest lasted for 8 pages - but long paragraphs are a … Search results are sorted by a combination of factors to give you a set of choices in response to your search criteria. But that wasn’t it. David Sawer adapted it as an opera by the same name, first performed in July 2018.[1]. Read this in way too many sittings, sort of failed it I think, since it's dense and narrated by three not-so-distinct voices, like a polyphonic warmup for the Savage Detectives (someone on here said something similar). The voices are difficult to differentiate initially, but one gets the h. An odd little book, but the flavour is distinctively Bolaño. Murder seems to have exerted a fascination for the endlessly talented Bolano, who in his last interview, according to The Observer, “declared, in all apparent seriousness, that what he would most like to have been was a homicide detective.” If the mystery remains succesful in the end it is because the characters play mostly like shadows of their own selves. He plays with the genre fairly well if you ask me. The story, told by three male narrators, revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. Unfortunately for Bolaño, my reading of The Skating Rink came on the tail end of reading a few exceptional works in a row. The rink itself, constructed inside a ruined palace, is a beautiful image of obsession. Roberto Bolaño's The Skating Rink tells the story of Gaspar, Remo, and Enric, three men who become enmeshed in a series of lies, betrayals, and … Especially when you consider that Enric had both the motive to kill Carmen and the barely veiled psychoses, on top of lacking an alibi? Without having read any of his other works, it's impossible for me to say how this stands in his oeuvre, but I can say it was a fantastic book to read. YP - The Real Yellow Pages SM - helps you find the right local businesses to meet your specific needs. I don't buy it, but I do buy a guilty and unhinged rookie claiming credit for the murder. Bolaño stand-in (Gaspar) as the campgrounds watchman (which he'd later revisit in Detectives and also in Antwerp), multiple points of view, the desperados, vagrants, and vagabonds that populate his stories. Enric, one of the narrators heads a city department and is dating a female figure skater who is vying for the Spanish Olympic team. [I mean, what, Bolano? Told by three narrators, a Catalan public ifficial, a Chilean expat business owner, and a down and out Mexican poet who is working for the Chilean, an old friend. Refresh and try again. Like in, Read this in way too many sittings, sort of failed it I think, since it's dense and narrated by three not-so-distinct voices, like a polyphonic warmup for the Savage Detectives (someone on here said something similar). The murder mystery aspect is pretty underwhelming, but as far as I'm concerned Bolaño's real gift was always describing multiple characters from ensemble points of view, if that makes sense. Rife with political corruption, sex, jealousy and frustrated passion, Roberto Bolano’s The Skating Rink – narrated in turn by a corrupt and pompous civil servant, a beleaguered romantic poet, and a duplicitous local entrepreneur – is a darkly atmospheric tale of murder and its motives. 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