Making my mind jump to "Últimas tardes en la tierra" -- any relationship, do you think?
Are you talking about Bolaño's Last Evenings on Earth by any chance, Jeremy? If so, maybe--Bolaño was a big fan of the Marsé novel and calls Marsé an "exceptional writer" in Between Parentheses. Me, I just thought the cover was really cool!
Very true, a nice cover. I was misremembering Bolaño's title though, it is "Últimos atardeceres en la tierra".
The beginnings of those titles are easily-confused in español, so I thought that's what might have happened. :D