Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) is widely considered the most significant and influential Latin American novelist since Gabriel García Márquez. He was born in Santiago, Chile, moved to Mexico City with his family in 1968, then returned to Chile in 1973, just a month before Pinochet seized power, and was arrested. After his release, he returned to Mexico before moving to Paris and then Barcelona. He wrote ten novels and two collections of short stories as well as poetry before he died at the age of 50. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel 2666.