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Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades

Автор: Oakley Hall,

Жанр: Прочая старинная литература,

Серия: Ambrose Bierce,

Язык: en

When the Morton Street Slasher leaves the corpses of his victims on the tangled gaslit streets near San Francisco's Union Square, he marks each body with a playing card. Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce, the city's famed newspaperman, immediately blames the rash of murders on his sworn enemies, the Southern Pacific Railway magnates. Bierce and his young protege at the Hornet, Tom Redmond, set out to solve the case, uncovering conspiracy and corruption at every turn.

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Warlock

Автор: Oakley Hall,

Жанр: Современная проза,

Серия: New York Review Books Classics, Legends West,

Язык: en

"Tombstone, Arizona, during the 1880's is, in ways, our national Camelot: a never-never land where American virtues are embodied in the Earps, and the opposite evils in the Clanton gang; where the confrontation at the OK Corral takes on some of the dry purity of the Arthurian joust. Oakley Hall, in his very fine novel Warlock has restored to the myth of Tombstone its full, mortal, blooded humanity. Wyatt Earp is transmogrified into a gunfighter named Blaisdell who. . is summoned to the embattled town of Warlock by a committee of nervous citizens expressly to be a hero, but finds that he cannot, at last, live up to his image; that there is a flaw not only in him, but also, we feel, in the entire set of assumptions that have allowed the image to exist. . Before the agonized epic of Warlock is over with — the rebellion of the proto-Wobblies working in the mines, the struggling for political control of the area, the gunfighting, mob violence, the personal crises of those in power — the collective awareness that is Warlock must face its own inescapable Horror: that what is called society, with its law and order, is as frail, as precarious, as flesh and can be snuffed out and assimilated back into the desert as easily as a corpse can. It is the deep sensitivity to abysses that makes one of our best American novels. For we are a nation that can, many of us, toss with all aplomb our candy wrapper into the Grand Canyon itself, snap a color shot and drive away; and we need voices like Oakley Hall's to remind us how far that piece of paper, still fluttering brightly behind us, has to fall." — Thomas Pynchon Oakley Hall's legendary revisits and reworks the traditional conventions of the Western to present a raw, funny, hypnotic, ultimately devastating picture of American unreality. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of the most original and entertaining of modern American novels but a lasting contribution to American fiction.

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Ambrose Bierce y la Reina de Picas

Автор: Oakley Hall,

Жанр: Триллер,

Серия: ,

Язык: es

Ambrose Bierce y la Reina de Picas: San Francisco, finales de la década de 1880. Un joven auxiliar de imprenta y aspirante a reportero, Tom Redmond, se une al temido escritor y editor del semanario satírico The Hornet, Ambrose Bierce, para investigar una serie de brutales asesinatos de prostitutas cometidos en un barrio de la emergente ciudad. El asesino, conocido como el Destripador de Morton Street, deja siempre un naipe del palo de picas sobre los cuerpos desnudos de sus víctimas. Las conjeturas iniciales, así como las pruebas practicadas, apuntan a que tras la salvaje cacería podría estar una poderosa familia de nuevos ricos de dudosa integridad aliada con los inmorales y a menudo violentos propietarios del monopolio del ferrocarril. Para Tom Redmond, que teme por la vida de la joven por la que se siente atraído, resolver el misterio es de importancia capital, para «el amargo» Bierce es sólo una nueva oportunidad para alimentar su guerra particular contra los magnates de la minería y de la todopoderosa Southern Pacific Railroad y sus políticos títeres. Ambrose Bierce y la Reina de Picas es tanto una narración de ambientación histórica como una apasionante novela de misterio, el retrato que realiza Oakley Hall -autor de la novela de culto llevada al cine Warlock (1958) y especialista en la historia del Oeste americano- dando vida al genial escritor norteamericano Ambrose Bierce resulta impecable. En esta novela Hall va más allá de la habitual recreación literaria a partir de determinados hechos reales y nos ofrece una subyugante y peculiar historia policiaca, en la que cada capítulo se abre con una corrosiva definición tomada de El Diccionario del Diablo, la patibularia y desternillante recopilación de aforismos de Ambrose Bierce.

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