''Distant Star'' is a 1996 novella by Chilean writer Creator/RobertoBolano about an aspiring artist, Carlos Wieder, that turns out to be an intelligence mole of the military after a military coup. To be precise, the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. Soon after, he starts doing [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible art]] in the sky with his plane. The military at first is fascinated by his art, but after a while Wieder starts doing more risqué things which displeases the military government.

The story took off from a chapter from Bolaño's previous book ''Nazi Literature in the Americas'', where he considered one of the stories too undervalued, so he decided to expand the story of the character in ''Distant Star''.
!!This book provides examples of:

* AuthorAvatar: Arturo B., the narrator of the story.
* CanonWelding: Arturo B(elano), along with other characters, appear also in other Bolaño stories.
* IHaveManyNames: Alberto Ruiz-Table, Carlos Wieder, Jules Defoe.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Even though Arturo B. is obviously an Author Avatar of Bolaño, the book opens with this little thing:
-->"So we took that final chapter and shut ourselves up for a month and a half in my house in Blanes, where, guided by his dreams and nightmares, we composed the present novel. My role was limited to preparing refreshments, consulting a few books, and discussing the reuse of numerous paragraphs with Arturo and the increasingly animated ghost of ^[[Creator/JorgeLuisBorges Pierre Menard]]."
* MadArtist: Carlos Wieder, big time.
* TheMole: Alberto Ruiz-Tagle aka Carlos Wieder.
* PrivateDetective: Abel Romero.
* RetiredMonster: Wieder killed a lot of people in his search for a new form of art, but when Arturo and Romero find him in Barcelona he's tired and looks much older than his age.
* ShroudedInMyth: Arturo and Bibiano think of Juan Stein, his old college teacher, as some sort of MemeticBadass, some sort of guerrilla fighter in Central America. They never find out if what they thought of him is true or not, though not for lack of trying.
* SnuffFilm: A weird non-film example. Wieder kills people and uses them as "inspiration" for his art. At one time he even organizes an photography exposition; all the photographs are of some of his victims.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Arturo feels pity of Wieder and tries to convince Romero not to kill him. However, Arturo doesn't feel that because he thinks Wieder might be NotSoDifferent, but because he's old and pathetic.
* TalkativeLoon: Norberto in the detention center.
* [[{{ThoseWackyNazis}} Those Wacky Neo-Nazis]]
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Alberto Ruiz-Tagle only opens himself to the Garmendia twins, and at least one of them feels something for him. Then it takes a dark turn.