The Romantic Dogs
Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Laura Healy.
New York: New Directions, 2008. Pictorial paper wraps. Advance uncorrected proof. 143 pages. Near fine.
This Bolaño title was never issued in cloth by New Directions. Paperback first editions exceedingly scarce, proof copies non-existent: this is the only copy for sale anywhere.
"My gift to you will be an abyss, she said,
but it will be so subtle you'll perceive it
only after many years have passed
and you are far from Mexico and me.
You'll find it when you need it most,
and that won't be
the happy ending,
but it will be an instant of emptiness and joy.
And maybe then you'll remember me,
if only just a little."