The Idleness of Sisyphus (1981) by Sandro Chia
He was sixteen—or maybe he was eighteen—years-old when he started stealing paperback books in Mexico City. Books by Max Beerbohm, Samuel Pepys, Amado Nervo, and others were purloined by this bookworm. It’s hard to tell which of these writers had a lasting effect on the teenager who would become one of Latin America’s literary giants.
Among the novels stolen and eagerly devoured by Roberto Bolaño was The Fall by Albert Camus, and from there: