The 2nd or 3rd Most Gorgeous Sentence

. . .  encountered so far this year:

In 1999, after returning from Venezuela, I dreamed that I was being taken to Enrique Lihn’s apartment, in a country that could well have been Chile, in a city that could well have been Santiago, bearing in mind that Chile and Santiago once resembled Hell, a resemblance that, in some subterranean layer of the real city and the imaginary city, will forever remain.

    —  Roberto Bolaño, possibly an excerpt from 2666 (?), in The New Yorker double issue of Dec. 22 & 29, 2008

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