|Pages/Publication Date:||128 / 2015|
The author of the Sailor and Lula books, storyteller and screenwriter Barry Gifford here imagines thirteen episodes of famous writers caught in vulnerable moments, based on their own writings. Funny, grotesque, and a bit brutal—yet at the same time empathetic—Gifford's short plays portray these writers at their most human, and their vices and obsessions loom large. A boozy Ernest Hemingway sets explosive trip wires outside his home in Cuba, with Martha Gellhorn offering her own opinions; Marcel Proust pleads with the angel of death as a delirious Arthur Rimbaud lies in a hospital bed; and Albert Camus converses with a young prostitute while staring at himself in the mirror of a New York City hotel room.
"Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular—William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly."—Jonathan Lethem"Gifford cuts right through the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining…. The way Barry Gifford does it, it's high art."—Elmore Leonard