The Skating Rink

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The Skating Rink
First edition (Spanish)
Author Roberto Bolaño
Original title La Pista de Hielo
Translator Chris Andrews
Country Chile
Language Spanish
Publisher Alcala de Henares (Spanish)
New Directions (English)
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (Cloth)
Pages 198
ISBN 8487153526

The Skating Rink (La Pista de Hielo in Spanish) is a novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. A translation from the Spanish by Chris Andrews was published by New Directions in August, 2009.


Set in the seaside town of Z, on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink is told by three male narrators, revolving around a beautiful figure-skating champion, Nuria Martí. When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in a local ruin of a mansion, using public funds. But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene.