"With a down-to-the-bone, spare prose style, so resonant of the American hardboiled noir tradition, and scenes that would not be out of place in a Fellini classic, The White Devil is quite simply perfect in its execution . . .
Foreword Reviews Magazine. (Winter Issue, 2016)
The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry
*****Gripping from beginning to end, The White Devil is an unforgettable novel by an author at the height of his powers.
Domenic Stansberry’s thriller The White Devil shows a masterful touch for perspective and character, unspooling a sultry story of passion, revenge, and betrayal that invokes the great age of Italian film noir.In a Rome still under John Paul II, Vicki Wilson’s lovers keep turning up dead. Vittoria, as she’s known in Italy, is a small-time model and actress, recognizable but hard to place. Guided by her delinquent brother, Johnny, Vittoria enters the upper circles of Roman society. Before long, she’s mingling with the high rollers, corrupt senators, and powerful movers. Among them is Paolo Orsini, who quickly claims Vittoria. Too bad he’s married; too bad his wife, an aging film icon, is murdered. Vittoria soon finds herself at the heart of a scandal. Is she innocent, or just turning a blind eye to the facts? Vittoria is a perfect main character. Her beauty allows her to get close to strangers easily. It gives her access to the secret parts of life, the back-room deals. At the same time, she’s strangely opaque, like a mirror that holds light without divulging a reflection. Her brother, though fiercely protective of her, is possessive. He brokers her relationships, nudging her into the bedrooms of the rich and powerful. As Vittoria follows Johnny’s guidance, normal life falls away and is replaced by the surreal. She’s unsure of whom to trust, and even questions her own motives. Stansberry keeps this thriller centered by pinning his characters to Italy’s timeless hills: “Tuscany spread out in front of us, beautiful, ancient. The landscape had a runic quality, like a puzzle waiting to be solved.” The cinematic cliffs, beaches, and architecture contrast with the violence that lingers, like a cloud, around Vittoria. When she’s able to finally see through it, she has two choices: feign ignorance, or take revenge of her own. Gripping from beginning to end, The White Devil is an unforgettable novel by an author at the height of his powers. CLAIRE FOSTER
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From noir master Domenic Stansberry, the chilling tale of a young woman, an aspiring actress—and her too charming brother—implicated in a series of murders dating back to her childhood.
"Stansberry nails the sultry, decadent tone with one perfectly place hammer stroke after another." -Booklist
"Edgar winner Stansberry takes the reader on a wild read in this exceptional noir . . . compelling reading."- Publishers Weekly starred review
NOT FILM, a documentary by Ross LIppman, about FILM, the odd collaboration between Beckett and silent film legend Buster Keaton and Barney Rosset (publisher of Grove Press, who acted as producer). Great archival and interview footage with all the above, as we’ll as actress Billie Whitelaw who has been described as Beckett;s muse and acted under great physical duress in many of his plays. Available to watch on Fandor, online subscription service. DS
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In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself.
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David Markson (1927 – 2010)[.
American novelist, author of several postmodern novels, including Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Early in his career he wrote several crime novels, since released, and in his middle period wrote works in a more modernist mode. HIs later work was marked by more unconventional and experimental approach to narrative, character development and plot. David Foster Wallace praised Wittgenstein’s Mistress as “pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country” DS
from @Rumpus via The Millions
Writers experience all sorts of anxieties and doubts, such that many find themselves taking a spiraling descent into the worst existential crises. No writer should feel alone in this….
“In Life and Work, Parks writes about Beckett and 19 other writers, including Fyodor Dostoevsky, Georges Simenon, Muriel Spark, Peter Stamm, Haruki Murakami, Stieg Larsson, and E.L. James (Parks examining Fifty Shades of Grey is great fun). Here and there in the collection, one occasionally glimpses the true existential cost of the so-called “writer’s life,” where writing is both an act of self-abnegation — with all of its consequent anxieties — as well as a struggle against such a personalized nihilism.
Spark turned to Catholicism
The Driver’s Seat, by Muriel Spark, also made into a film starring Liz Taylor. The book is funny, strange, suspenseful story of a seemingly unbalanced young English woman who goes on a sudden trip to Rome in search of “her type” of man. Told with use of prolepsis (sudden, and brief flash forwards) that foreshadow the books grisly end, it is as much a story of a madness as a crucifixion tale, a complex examination of the relationship between victim and victimizer. Spark, who wrote a number of thrillers–and regarded herself as a Catholic allegorist–did not exactly please her fans with this tale. The movie starring Liz Taylor has been panned as one of the worst performance of her career, during a period in which she appeared in a lot of films that disappointed her audience, but her performance in this film is pretty much spot on. True, the film doesn’t have the same suspense as the novel, and their are nuances of paradox in the heroine’s quest–and the murder’s motivation–that don’t quite come off in the film, but it’s still a good one: maybe more so if you’ve read the book. This is one of Spark’s more interesting novels, and Taylor at her flooziest, sexiest, and enigmatic best. DS
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