Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Six best stoner novels

Sam Munson, author of The November Criminals, named the six best stoner novels for The Daily Beast.

One book on the list:
The Savage Detectives
by Roberto Bolaño

This is the book that established Bolaño's international reputation and its main narrative thread concerns a search undertaken by two young exiles for a poet they admire. These two searchers, Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano (an alter ego who pops up from time to time in Bolaño's work), fund their activities, as well as an avant-garde literary magazine, by selling high-quality weed—with the euphonious name Acapulco Gold—to Mexico city's students and artists. The magazine's title? Lee Harvey Oswald.
Read about another novel on the list.

The Savage Detectives appears on Benjamin Obler's top ten list of fictional coffee scenes; it is one of Edmund White's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue