Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolano Pan MacMillan HK$104 For those yet to discover the work of Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano, think of him as a Spanish-language equivalent of Stieg Larsson. Like Larsson, Bolano died aged 50 (in 2003), and has become an international superstar since. Unlike Larsson, he was already well-known throughout Latin America and Spain. And although one of his most famous books is The Savage Detectives, Bolano was not a crime writer but a literary novelist whose books are huge, ambitious, socially aware and politically engaged. Published seven years before his death, Nazi Literature in the Americas is a bit peculiar. It comprises 32 fictional portraits of fascist writers. So Daniela de Montecristo, author of The Amazons, reveals a fetish for German Nazis during the second world war. The Amazons is utterly deplorable. Much the same goes for the other works. For instance, Luiz Fontaine Da Souza is a philosopher and poet whose most famous piece is a verse autobiography called Concentration Camp. I admire Bolano immensely, but this is tiring, monotonous and fails the basic test of good literature: why on earth did he bother?