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Título: Manifesto For The Dead (SIGNED W/PROVENANCE)
Editorial: The Permanent Press, New York
Año de publicación: 2000
Condición del libro: As New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
AUTOGRAPHED Unread Hardcover. 1st Edition/2nd Printing. Signed - not inscribed - by the author on the bound-in full title page. Hardcover with unclipped dust jacket in Brodart dust cover. Simply pristine, from my personal smoke-free collection Seller is the original and only owner of this book. A GIFT QUALITY COPY. Not a remainder or EX-LIB. Delivered to you in a box, never in an envelope. In fact, buyer will get photocopy of postmarked box in which the author mailed this autographed book. N° de ref. de la librería 001043
Sinopsis: Manifesto for the Dead is a surreal noir that takes as its main character the master of noir, the late crime novelist Jim Thompson at the end of his career, suspecting he has been framed by a Hollywood producer for the murder of a young starlet. An intricate blend of biography, fiction, and suspense, this literary thriller offers a hair-raising portrait of one of crime fiction's most notorious true-life figures--and a brutal satire of the entertainment industry in the tradition of The Day of the Locust.
As the novel opens, the aging writer is at the end of his string--a habitu of Hollywood bars and endless drinking sessions at the Musso & Frank Grill. Here he is approached by a small-time producer, Billy Miracle, with an offer to work on a project designed to resurrect the career of a fading screen star.
Thompson accepts, and soon finds himself at the center of a lurid triangle, inadvertently following a trail that leads from a dead starlet--found strangled in the back of a Cadillac--to the doorstep of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
Set in the seamy back streets of Los Angeles, in 1972, Manifesto for the Dead tells the story of legendary crime writer Jim Thompson in his darkest hour. It is a book about desire and lust, about a writer struggling with illusion, disillusion and fate on the back lots of Hollywood; but the Manifesto is also a novel-within-a-novel, telling two stories that intertwine--one set in Hollywood, the other in Thompson's imagination--each rushing headlong into the other, into that area where fact and fiction are no longer distinguishable, and the darkness is inseparable from the light.
Reseña del editor: REVIEWS AND PRAISE FOR MANIFESTO FOR THE DEAD
"A dark and brooding novel... Stansberry's prose is an eerie echo of a dead man's style. And his insights into a writer's anxiety about losing his identity to his characters would make Thompson's own skin crawl."
--The New York Times
"Fascinating, beautifully written.... Thompson is alive on the page, and the questions that Stansberry poses about the nature of noir seem part of Thompson's own disintegrating persona... an enviable achievement."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Stansberry buries a sense of cosmic foreboding in nearly every line. Through a poetics of menace that at times takes on a positively hallucinatory beauty, Stansberry exposes the Manichaean heart of noir."
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