what it is: a three volume killer of a novel
where i found it: in a roundabout way through book culture
This novel puts most others to shame. A long, funny, horrific, psychedelic roundabout voyage that you don't want to end (except in the endurance requiring hundred-some pages of graphic descriptions of murdered Mexican women's corpses). There's something here for everybody, but certainly no one person can enjoy everything about it, which is part of what makes it great. No plot summary can possibly do it justice. Read it.
The employees of Book Culture - one of the few independent bookstores left standing in NYC - were all hot on The Savage Detectives, Bolano's previous novel, which was kind of slow and crappy compared to this, but it got me interested enough to check this one out. Boy am I glad I did.