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Roberto Bolaño
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Born: April 28, 1953

Died: July 15, 2003 (aged 50)

Nationality: Chilean

Occupation: Novelist, writer, poet

Bio: Roberto Bolaño Ávalos was a Chilean novelist and poet. In 1999 he won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives salvajes, and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel 2666, which was described by board member Marcela Valdes as a work so rich and dazzling that it will surely draw readers and scholars for ages.

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