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- DescriptionAn NYRB Classics Original Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for Fiction Michel Hartog, a sometime architect, is a powerful businessman and famous philanthropist whose immense fortune has just grown that much greater following the death of his brother in an accident. Peter is his orphaned nephew a spoiled brat. Julie is in an insane asylum. Thompson is a hired gunman with a serious ulcer. Michel hires Julie to look after Peter. And he hires Thompson to kill them. Julie and Peter escape. Thompson pursues. Bullets fly. Bodies accumulate. The craziness is just getting started. Like Jean-Patrick Manchette s celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction.
- Author BiographyJean-Patrick Manchette (1942 1995) was a genre-redefining French crime novelist, screenwriter, critic, and translator. Born in Marseille to a family of relatively modest means, Manchette grew up in a southwestern suburb of Paris, where he wrote from an early age. While a student of English literature at the Sorbonne, he contributed articles to the newspaper La Voie communiste and became active in the national students union. In 1961 he married, and with his wife Melissa began translating American crime fiction he would go on to translate the works of such writers as Donald Westlake, Ross Thomas, and Margaret Millar, often for Gallimard s Serie noire. Throughout the 1960s Manchette supported himself with various jobs writing television scripts, screenplays, young-adult books, and film novelizations. In 1971 he published his first novel, a collaboration with Jean-Pierre Bastid, and embarked on his literary career in earnest, producing ten subsequent works over the course of the next two decades and establishing a new genre of French novel, the neo-polar (distinguished from traditional detective novel, or polar, by its political engagement and social radicalism). During the 1980s, Manchette published celebrated translations of Alan Moore s Watchmen graphic novels for a bande-dessinee publishing house co-founded by his son, Doug Headline. In addition to Fatale (also available as an NYRB Classic), Manchette s novels Three to Kill and The Prone Gunman, as well as Jacques Tardi s graphic-novel adaptations of them (titled West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, respectively), are available in English. Donald Nicholson-Smith s translations of noir fiction include Manchette s Three to Kill ; Thierry Jonquet s Mygale (a.k.a. Tarantula ); and (with Alyson Waters) Yasmina Khadra s Cousin K. He has also translated works by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Henri Lefebvre, Raoul Vaneigem, Antonin Artaud, Jean Laplanche, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Guy Debord. For NYRB Classics he has translated Manchette s Fatale and is presently working on Jean-Paul Clebert s Paris Insolite. Born in Manchester, England, he is a longtime resident of New York City. James Sallis s recent and forthcoming books include the novel Others of My Kind, a reissue of his novel Death Will Have Your Eyes, and Black Night s Gonna Catch Me Here: Selected Poems 1968-2012. He is also the author of Drive and of Chester Himes: A Life, and the translator of Raymond Queneau s novel Saint Glinglin.
- Author(s)Jean-Patrick Manchette
- PublisherNew York Review of Books
- Date of Publication15/07/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Series TitleNew York Review Books Classics
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York Review of Books
- Weight191 g
- Width130 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated byDonald Nicholson-Smith
- Introduction byJames Sallis
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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