Recently (August 11, 2007) in an interview with Argetinean writer Tomas Eloy Martinez Auster said that Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been a bit overestimated and that his novels reduced to half would have been better.
With all due respect to Paul, certainly a great American writer, if we applied the same logic to his writing (reeuce to half some of his novels) then we wouldn't have Paul Auster.
It took Bolaño less hat 10 years to become perhaps one of the geatest writers of all time in the Spanish language (as well as other languages) That alone shows the kind ow writer he is. It takes most writers a lifetime (Including Auster) to make a mark in the literary world. I think Paul should get to know Bolaño a bit better before blurting out comments like that.