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Книга Автострада гордости: Сага отчаянного южного джентльмена | The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

книга Автострада гордости: Сага отчаянного южного джентльмена (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967) 08/05/15

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Автор : Хантер Томпсон

Жанры : документальный, контркультура

Категории : современная зарубежная проза, не переведено

Формат : статья, эссе, публицистика

Год написания : 1998

Язык оригинала : английский


This first volume of the correspondence of Hunter S. Thompson begins with a high school essay and runs up through the publication of Thompson's breakout book, Hell's Angels. Thompson apparently never threw a letter away, so the reader has the treat of experiencing the full evolution of his pyrotechnic writing style, rant by rant. The letters--to girlfriends, to bill collectors, to placers of "Help Wanted" ads, to editors and publishers--are usually spiced with political commentary. The style and the political animus always seem to drive each other. For instance, an 11/22/63 letter to novelist and friend William J. Kennedy about the day's cataclysm is apparently the birthplace of the signal phrase "fear and loathing". (Thompson summed up the Kennedy assassination thus: "The savage nuts have shattered the great myth of American decency".) And the willingness to write strangers is stunning: this collection includes Thompson's letter to LBJ seeking appointment to the governorship of American Samoa. You might have thought Garry Trudeau was exaggerating in his Doonesbury characterization of the Thompson-based character Duke. He was not.

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