Chico, si no tienes nada mejor que hacer y los problemas te están matando, consulta a las putas. (kid, if you don’t have anything better to do and your problems are killing you seek consultation from the prostitutes)
This is the advice given to a young, crack Chilean soccer player by a 35 year old veteran Argentine goalkeeper in Roberto Bolaño’s amazing short story Buba. A story that tells the tale of a Latin American soccer player that transfers from Latin American club X to Barcelona FC, is living large, gets pulled into the catalan nightlife and ultimately ends up spending a lot of time with the putas. A timeless narrative. I never would have expected Bolaño to touch this topic, but I guess Bolaño touches everything. The story actually goes in a bit of a different direction than my quick plot summary suggests and thus becomes a bit more bolaño-esque, but nonetheless does a good job of encapsulating the debaucherous life of Latin soccer star at FCB.
If you’re a Bolaño fan and you haven’t read Putas Asesinas, a book of Bolaño’s short stories, I suggest you pick it up, it’s good!