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DOWNLOAD ì NATURAL-TREATMENT.CO.UK ½ Roberto Bolaño Amulet is a monologue like Bolano's acclaimed debut in English By Night in Chile The speaker is Auxilio Lacouture a Uruguayan woman who moved to Mexico in the 1960s becoming the Mother of Mexican Poetry hanging out with the young poets in the cafés and bars of the University She's tall thin and blonde and her favorite young poet in the. History is like a horror storyThe student youth of Mexico raised their fists in protest during the summer and fall of 1968 marching against the government towards the violent climax of the Tlatelolco Massacre on October 2nd ¹ Student demonstrations were organized in response to the killings of several students by the police called in to repress a fight between gang members of two rival schools—the Mexican National Autonomous University UNAM and National Politechnical Institute IPN—and were further aggravated by the upcoming summer Olympics taking place in Mexico City The Olympic Committee headed by an American chose Mexico as the first third world country to host an Olympic event and protestors saw this as an attempt to portray Mexico as a country stabilized by American support and financial backing Protestors took to the streets shouting ‘ We Don't Want Olympic Games We Want a Revolution’ Roberto Bolaño’s slim yet satisfying Amulet has as its centerpiece the Mexican army occupation of UNAM using the violent event as a nucleus around which narrator Auxilio Lacouture’s life events orbit Finding herself trapped in the UNAM bathroom during the occupation a subtle yet monumental act of resistance Auxilio becomes unstuck in time narrating events both past present and future yet always returning to the moonlight reflecting off the tiles of the lonely bathroom floor Through pure poetic ecstasy Bolaño uses Auxilio’s beautiful mind and perspective to brilliantly juxtapose seemingly disparate elements in order to paint a unified and emotionally charged portrait of the struggles sorrows and strife of the Latin American peopleStudent demonstration August 27th 1968‘ I could say I am the mother of Mexican poetry Auxilio says on the opening page ‘ but I better not I know all the poets and all the poets know me’ Drifting in extreme poverty through the streets of Mexico City like so many others Auxilio is a glorious soul that finds odd jobs at the university to earn her keep while spending her nights in drunken sublimity with the young Mexican poets such as the authors alter ego Arturo Belano caring for them as a mother while being shamelessly enraptured by their poetry Auxilio has a rare gift of seeing the events of the world past and future unfold before her eyes unlocked during her isolation in the UNAM bathroom but with this gift comes great costs It would be easy to dismiss her as crazy a woman missing teeth ‘ I lost my teeth on the alter of human sacrifice’ and crying at the words of people half her age before leaving the bars without paying yet that would be a grave misunderstanding and would deny oneself an illuminating look into her heart and soul I never paid or hardly ever I was the one who could see into the past and those who can see into the past never pay But I could also see into the future and vision of that kind comes at a high price life sometimes or sanity So I figured I was paying night after forgotten night though nobody realized it; I was paying for everyone’s round the kids who would be poets and those who never would I like to believe that one of the many gifts of literature is to cultivate a open minded view and to learn acceptance of others Auxilio must face the horrors of history of existence in a way others cannot and must travel to the vicious depths of her soul that most minds form a wall to protect themselves from having to journey into Like a snake that unhinges its jaw to swallow a large meal Auxilio must unhinge her mind—at least by the common socially accepted or clinical standards²in order to swallow such enormous thoughts and burdensome truths She witnesses the pains and poverty of others and is charged with the task of putting it all together to witness the birth of History and document it across the ages The birth of History can’t wait and if we arrive late you won’t see anything only ruins and smoke an empty landscape and you’ll be alone again forever even if you go out and get drunk with your poet friends every night Bolaño possessed an incredible gift for organizing seemingly unrelated events into a unified message Auxilio’s skipping across time bears witness to many different characters and subtly probes into their hearts making Amulet almost feel like a collection of short stories with them all orbiting around one narrator Yet somehow through the juxtaposition Bolaño manages to make each story mesh creating a space between each idea where the reader’s mind will occupy and abstractly connect each element each theme into one larger all encompassing image These are stories of poverty resilience heartbreak rebellion bravery and even an investigation into the story of Erigone and Orestes The conflict between students and government is also juxtaposed with the overthrowing of Allende in Chile in which Belano plays a role While no connection is never made overt the themes of conflict and revolution are enough to give the reader a sense of the violence haunting Bolaño What is most impressive and satisfying however is the way Bolaño orchestrates a world where literature is of the utmost importance giving meaning and validation to the lives of those who give meaning through its application to the sights and sounds of the horror show of History playing out around them Much in the ways Auxilio binds the lives of those around her into one common driving force Amulet serves to bind together the oeuvre of its author As Distant Star is the elaboration of the final story in Nazi Literature in the Americas Amulet expands on Auxilio’s small but unforgettable account in The Savage Detectives While Amulet may be a minor work it plays a key role in the Bolaño universe expanding on the themes that constitute the life giving roots of his work The idea that violence plagues Latin America through all eternity is glimpsed even connecting itself to his magnum opus 2666 through a hallucinatory passage as Auxilio follows Belano towards a potentially deadly confrontation Then we walked down the Avenida Guerrero; they weren’t stepping so lightly any and I wasn’t feeling too enthusiastic either Guerrero at that time of night is like a cemetery than an avenue not a cemetery in 1974 or in 1968 or 1975 but a cemetery in the year 2666 a forgotten cemetery under the eyelid of a corpse or an unborn child bathed in the dispassionate fluids of an eye that tried so hard to forget one particular thing that it ended up forgetting everything else This intertextuality is one of the many reasons that it is hard to go long without returning to the poetic pages of a Bolaño book creating a world that seems to come alive through repeat charactersShort yet overflowing with passages of sheer beauty reminiscent of Bolaño’s prose poems that are sure to drain your pen dry underlining each gem Amulet is a wonderful trip through horrific and melancholy events Auxilio may only play a small role in the uprisings yet her small role forever transfixes her into mythological magnitude in history becoming a beacon of hope and a symbol of fortitude for the weak and weary to seek comfort and redemption The final pages are the most haunting culminating all the sorrows and struggles into a song of revolution that will live on regardless of the body count at the oppressive hands of both the army and history Similarly while Bolaño may have passed his voice lives on It is certainly a voice worth listening to45‘ I'll tell you my friends it's all in the nerves The nerves that tense and relax as you approach the edges of companionship and love The razor sharp edges of companionship and love’¹The following history of the 1968 student revolution is paraphrased from the article October 2nd is Not Forgotten ²As discussed in Machado De Assis’ The Alienist we are all uniuely wired or perhaps uniuely weird and who is really to say what constitutes sanity Understandably there must be clinical standards I’m not here to disparage the psychological community in any way however Auxilio is a wonderful literary example of how we often write off others without truly attempting to understand them and see the world through their eyes By dismissing her as crazy you lose the opportunity to unlock the world and learn through her Laziness is similar and often dismissing someone as lazy is actually the lazy way out; even what appears as laziness is a highly complex set of emotions and actions that offer deeper insights into a person Not that this is a universal law but hopefully you get the point I’m moralizing now which makes me extraordinarily uncomfortable so I’ll conclude by reiterating that literature and characters like Auxilio plead that we try harder to understand and accept one another instead of casting one another aside through negatively connotative dismissals‘ I decided to tell the truth even if it meant being pointed at’

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FREE READ È Amuleto By Roberto Bolaño ´ Amulet is a monologue like Bolano's acclaimed debut in English By Night in Chile The speaker is Auxilio Lacouture a Uruguayan woman who moved to Mexico in the 1960s becoming the Mother of Mexican Poetry hanging out with the young poets in the cafés and bars of the University She's tall thin and blonde House of Remedios Varo Auxilio sees an uncanny landscape a kind of chasm This chasm reappears in a vision at the end of the book an army of children is marching toward it singing as they go The children are the idealistic young Latin Americans who came to maturity in the '70s and the last words of the novel are And that song is our amule. Amulet 19992006 – ★★★★★“those who can see into the past never pay But I could also see into the future and vision of that kind comes at a high price life sometimes or sanity” Roberto Bolaño 19992006 64 Last year I had a goal to read a certain number of books by Asian authors see my YARC and so this year I set myself a similar goal but this time I will travel to another part of the world and try to read as many books as possible by Latin American authors I will begin my Latin America Reading Challenge with a short book by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño 1952 – 2003 titled Amulet In this vivid “stream of consciousness” account our narrator is Auxilio Lacouture a woman from Uruguay and the “mother of Mexican poetry” She works part time at one university in Mexico City and at one point realises that her university National Autonomous University of Mexico is being surrounded by an army event that happened two months before the infamous Tlatelolco massacre of 1968 Auxilio finds herself alone and hiding in the lavatory of the university as the army rounds up the staff and students At that point she starts to recall her own past talking to us about her dedication to nurturing the artistic talent of others As time passes and her hunger and exhaustion increase her account becomes increasingly hectic and imaginative Amulet is an unusual novella with one unusual narrator at its heart which is also strangely compelling as it tries to tell us the truth of the situation in the country and the state of Latin America’s literary talent and tradition through an unconventional and slightly dreamlike voice One of the great things about Amulet is the voice of Auxilio Lacouture – it is fascinating to follow her train of thoughts because she seems interesting in all her eccentricities and instances of uiet rebellion Auxilio is a poetess who is passionate about poetry and her belief in young up and coming poets and writers is unwavering Even though she is clear about the great talent and admiration of her idols she is unsure about herself her purpose and her roots trying to re imagine herself “One day I arrived in Mexico without really knowing why or how or when” 19992006 2 says the narrator Auxilio did not achieve much of what society calls “success” ie a stable job and starting her own family and instead seems to wholeheartedly dedicate herself to poetry In this way she is an outsider to traditional Mexico and prefers to lead a bohemian lifestyle surrounded by her friends who are also poets or writers So when in Mexico she starts to clean the house of two Spanish poets – Pedro Garfias and León Felipe while maintaining her connection to one university at whatever cost to be close to literature and intellectualsWhen Auxilio hides in the lavatories of her university fearing that soldiers will come and discover her there there comes that moment in her life when she feels the most alive and aware of life’s fleetness Her inner reflections on her friends literature and on the life on streets take the turn of compulsion and necessity She needs to gather her thoughts and tell us all about it and she starts to tell the truth through her poetically charged prose and original worldview She is from Uruguay and does not fit into the traditional concept of a Mexican woman and yet she is a woman who finds herself in Mexico “nurturing” the country’s literary talent She is both a foreigner and at the very core of Mexican’s formation of its future talented generation – “the mother of Mexican poetry” At this point contradictions emerge – she is in time and beyond it She is in a place where history is made the siege of the Mexican university and yet she is beyond this event does not directly participate in it since she did not surrender to the forces hiding in the lavatory She is an observer commentator and participator all in one and her account is both enigmatic and clear at the same time as she then tells of a broken heart of her friend philosopher Elena of literary aspirations of her friend poet Arturo Belano caught in the war that should not have existed and of her part in the operation to rescue a boy from sexual slavery in the Mexican underworldThrough Auxilio’s poetically charged account we discern the true nature and sometimes horror of events happening in Mexico City Her friend Elena becomes the symbol of Mexico’s “broken heart”hopelessness and the life of her friend Arturo Belano symbolises Mexico’s lost opportunities in the world and its dismissiveness by everyone on the world stage It is as though the narrator wants to tell us the truth through certain objects characters and events and the result is the account which is erratic yes but always compelling as local power struggles in the story tell of power struggles on the whole continent and the conditions of one poet in Mexico City tells about the state of poetry and literature in the whole of Latin America Catalan painter Remedios Varo and Salvadoran poetess Lilian Serpas are also characters in the narrative which becomes increasingly whimsical and fantastical as Auxilio’s mind starts to play tricks on her under the strain of hunger hopelessness and exhaustion she feels hiding in the lavatory Mentioning writers Roberto Arlt Anton Chekhov and Carson McCullers as well as the famous plane crash in the Andes Auxilio makes predictions and muses on all the lives she did not live and on all the people she admires but will never become There are a couple of thrilling moments of suspense in the story as we the readers start to uestion whether far from regarding Auxilio as some madwoman we should not be thinking about her as a person who sees into everything deeply and is keenly aware of the true nature of the situation than anyone else aroundAmulet will not be for everyone It is a rather eccentric short book which is torn between clarity and incomprehensiveness wisdom and irrationality direct insights and almost irrelevant observations However at its heart there is still one distinctive and compelling voice that tries to convey one horrific chapter in the Mexican history the state of the society as well as pay tribute to Latin America’s literary ambition and tradition in the only way it thinks it can

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Amuleto By Roberto Bola1970s is none other than Arturo Belano Bolano's fictional stand in throughout his booksAs well as her young poets Auxilio recalls three remarkable women the melancholic young philosopher Elena the exiled Catalan painter Remedios Varo and Lilian Serpas a poet who once slept with Che Guevara And in the course of her imaginary visit to the. This story breaks away from its box Roberto Bolaño destroys the reader’s preexisting expectations as what the reader sees is rarely what he gets I’ve only previously read Los Detectives Salvajes before and was immediately happy to see that this was an extension of that novel or accurately it works as a companion piece I love this kind of stuff Complimentary works are extremely difficult to pull off as one bad novel might pollute the other one Take for instance the Hannibal Lecter uadrilogy Thomas Harris’ first Lecter tale was the superb Red Dragon which then catapulted the villain to fame in The Silence of the Lambs but years later Hannibal fumbled becoming a cataclysmic literary disaster followed by the last gasp in those grey ashes Hannibal Rising But in this case both novels are as different in style as could be though perhaps not different in theme Bolaño chronicles an all but forgotten literary movement that occurred almost half a century ago at the epicenter of Mexico City He describes a bohemian existence of poets and artists and Auxilio’s inner trek through memory and even through the to be lived future paints a vivid portrait of the members of this artistic wave Surrealism has a better hold on Amulet than its companion novel The Savage Detective is epic and wide spanning many voices are given chance to chronicle that bright but doomed time but Amulet centers around Auxilio Laucouture In Amulet you hear the narrative of a ghost The heroine mother to all Mexican poets part Rapunzel part deranged pariah think of the woman from The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman atop her terrible tower experiences a time warp and vacillates in examining scenes from her past and her future Experiences she is yet to have are seen in true metaphysical oracle style Her distance from all action occurring in the university and the city gives her the advantage to reach true inner contemplation to such a degree no doubt hunger being a driving force that she admits “I started thinking about my past as if I was thinking about my present future and past all mixed together and dormant in the one tepid egg the enormous egg of some inner bird an archaeopteryx nestled on a bed of smoking rubble” The character is an obvious spectator here is the connection to many other novels that deal with consciousness Again in doing nothing “Stay here Auxilio you don’t have to be in that movie; if they want to make you play a role they can damn well come find you” she becomes the perfect candidate to give a form to the narrative though like mentioned before this “horror story” breaks from its set parameters We are hearing the story directly from Auxilio herself There is enough evidence of a mumbling sad imperfect human directing all of this it is because the magic for instance the surreal scene inside the antechamber of the King of the Rent Boys in Colonia Guerrero or the two visionaries Auxilio and Carlos Coffeen Serpas coming face to face is filtered through a poetic voice that the effects go unuestioned Being in the “nun’s cell Auxilio never had” makes times scenes and emotions transitory they bleed into each other Whereas The Savage Detectives follows a clear you can almost say predestined path Amulet promises things which are then delivered albeit in ambiguous ways I was expecting for instance a cinematic rescue from the bathroom stalls A closure to the historic events of the army’s invasion of el DF in 1968 Instead the “Mother of Mexican Poetry” gives us her prophecies which describes a fun flight of poetic fancy but also includes her harrowing apocalyptic vision of “the prettiest children of Latin America the ill fed and the well fed children those who had everything and those who had nothing such a beautiful song it is issuing from their lips and how beautiful they were such beauty although they were marching deathward