Bolaño’s writing is at ease in settings full of drug dealers, whores, artists, and poets. Petty criminals and creative types mix over marijuana, sex, and alcohol, all with a dream in mind, whether attainable or not.
In Prefiguration of Lalo Cura, the reader is introduced to Lalo Cura who matter-of-factly states “I’ve had people killed. I’ve given the best birthday presents. I’ve backed projects of epic proportions. I’ve opened my eyes in the dark. Once, I opened them by slow degrees in total darkness, and all I saw or imagined was that name: Los Empalados, shining like the star of destiny.”