We aren’t laughing any more

by Kelvin Smith

The visceral realists in The Savage Detectives sometimes hang out with publishers.  In one short section, a variety of characters speak from the Feria del Libro, Madrid, 1994.  They variously end their interventions with comments that what “begins as comedy ends as tragedy…tragicomedy…comedy…cryptographic exercise…horror movie…triumphal march…mystery…a dirge in the void…a comic monologue“.  The last commentator adds: “…but we aren’t laughing any more“.

A bit like publishing really.

Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives, 1998