Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Harris, Jürgen Theobaldy, Georges Perec, Abe Kōbō, Reinhard Kaiser, Manfred Gregor, Jan Frederik Helmers, Alessandro Manzoni
Uit: American Psycho
“ABANDON ALL HOPE YE wno ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First and is in print large enough to be seen from the backseat of the cab as it lurches forward in the traffic leaving Wall Street and just as Timothy Price notices the words a bus pulls up, the advertisement for Les Mirémbles on its side blocking his view, but Price who is with Pierce 5: Pierce and twenty-six doesn't seem to care because he tells the driver he will give him five dollars to turn up the radio, “Be My Baby” on WYNN, and the driver, black, not American, does so.
“I'm resourceful," Price is saying. “I'm creative, I'm young, unscrupulous, highly motivated, highly skilled. In essence what I’m saying is that society cannot afford to lose me. I’m an asset.”
Price calms down, continues to stare out the cab‘s dirty window, probably at the word FEAR sprayed in red grafiti on the side of a McDonald’s on Fourth and Seventh. “I mean the fact remains that no one gives a shit about their work, everybody hates their job, I hate my job, you be told me you hate yours. What do I do? Go back to Los Angeles? Not an alternative. I didn't transfer from UCLA to Stanford to put up with this. I mean am I alone in thinking we’re not making enough money?” Like in a movie another bus appears, another poster for Les Misérables replaces the word-not the same bus because someone has written the word DYKE over Eponine's face. Tim blurts out, “I have a co-op here. I have a place in the Hamptons, for Christ sakes."
Parents', guy. It's the parents’."
“I'm buying it from them. Will you fucking turn this up?" he snaps but distractedly at the driver, the Crystals still blaring from the radio.
“It don't go up no higher," maybe the driver says.
Timothy ignores him and irritably continues. “I could stay living in this city if they just installed Blaupunkts in the cabs.
Maybe the ODM III or ORG ll dynamic tuning systems?" His voice softens here. “Either one. Hip my friend, very hip."
Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles, 7 maart 1964)
Affiche voor de gelijknamige film uit 2000
Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Harris, Jürgen Theobaldy, Georges Perec, Milo Dor, Abe Kōbō, Jan Frederik Helmers
Uit:Less Than Zero
As we walk out of the theater, ninety minutes, maybe two hours later, some girl with pink hair and roller skates slung over her shoulders come up to Trent.
"Trent, like, oh my God. Isn't this place a scream?" the girl squeals.
"Hey, Ronnette, this Clay. Clay, this is Ronnette."
"Hi, Clay," she says, flirting. "Hey, you two, what flick did you see?" She opens a piece of Bazooka and pops it into her mouth.
"Um . . . number thirteen," Trent says, groggy, eyes red and half closed.
"What was it called?" Ronnette asks.
"I forget," Trent says, and looks over at me. I forgot too and so i just shrug.
"Hey Trenty, I need a ride. Did you drive here?" she asks.
"No, well yeah. No, Clay did."
"Oh, Clay, could you please give me a ride?"
"Fab. Let me put these on and we'll go."
On the way through the mall, a security guard, sitting alone on a white bench, smoking a cigarette, tells Ronnette that there's no roller skating in the Beverly Center.
"Too much," Ronnette says, and rolls away.
The security guard just sits there and takes another drag and watches us leave.
Once in my car Ronnette tells us that she just finished singing vocals, actually background vocals, on Bandarasta's new album.
"But I don't like Bandarasta. He's always calling me 'Halloween' for some reason. I don't like to be called 'Halloween.' I don't like it at all."
I don't ask who Bandarasta is; instead I ask her if she's a singer.
"Oh, you could say. I'm a hairdresser, really. See, I got mono and dropped out of Uni and just hung around. I paint too . . . oh gosh, that reminds me. I left my art over at Devo's house. I think they want to use it in a video. Anyway . . ." She laughs and then stops and blows a bubble and snaps her gum. "What did you ask me, I forgot."
Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles, 7 maart 1964)
Scene uit de film “Less Than Zero” Uit 1987 met o.a. Anrew McCarthy als Clay
“A black Jeep, its top up, its windows tinted, wheels in behind me on 23rd Street and as I zoom through the Park Avenue tunnel whoever's driving flips on his brights and closes in, the Jeep's fender grazing the back of the Vespa's wheel guard.
I swerve onto the dividing line, oncoming traffic racing toward me while I bypass the row of cabs on my side, heading toward the wraparound at Grand Central. I accelerate up the ramp, zoom around the curve, swerving to miss a limo idling in front of the Grand Hyatt, and then I'm back on Park without any hassles until I hit 48th Street, where I look over my shoulder and spot the Jeep a block behind me.
The instant the light on 47th turns green the Jeep bounds out of its lane and charges forward.
When my light turns I race up to 51st, where the oncoming traffic forces me to wait to turn left.
I look over my shoulder down Park but I can't see the Jeep anywhere.
When I turn back around, it's idling next to me.
I shout out and immediately slam into an oncoming cab moving slowly down Park, almost falling off the bike, and noise is a blur, all I can really hear is my own panting, and when I lift the bike up I veer onto 51st ahead of the Jeep.
Fifty-first is backed up with major gridlock and I maneuver the Vespa onto the sidewalk but the Jeep doesn't care and careens right behind me, halfway on the street, its two right wheels riding the curb, and I'm yelling at people to get out of the way, the bike's wheels kicking up bursts of the confetti that litters the sidewalk in layers, businessmen lashing out at me with briefcases, cabdrivers shouting obscenities, blaring their horns at me, a domino effect.
The next light, at Fifth, is yellow. I rev up the Vespa and fly off the curb just as the traffic barreling down the avenue is about to slam into me, the sky dark and rolling behind it, the black Jeep stuck on the far side of the light."
Bret Easton Ellis (Los Angeles, 7 maart 1964)
De Britse schrijver en journalist Robert Dennis Harris werd geboren op 7 maart 1957 in Nottingham. Harris studeerde aan Selwyn College, Universiteit van Cambridge, Engels literatuur. Daarna werkte hij als BBC-verslaggever, als politiek redacteur bij de krant The Observer en als columnist voor de Daily Telegraph. Momenteel werkt hij als vaste columnist voor de Sunday Times. Zijn eerste roman “Fatherland” werd gepubliceerd in 1992. “Vaderland” speelt in 1964 in het Berlijn speelt van een nazi-Duitsland, dat, volgens de fictie van de auteur, de Tweede Wereldoorlog niet heeft verloren. Het verscheen reeds in Duitse vertaling bij de Zwitserse Haffmans Verlag in 1992, maar in Duitsland zelf, kon aanvankelijk door de als problematisch ervaren thematiek geen uitgever voor het boek gevonden worden. Pas in 1996 werd de roman in München uitgegeven door de Heyne Verlag.
“Vaderland” was de eerste bestseller van Robert Harris, vertaald in 30 talen en met een oplage van meer dan zes miljoen stuks. Ook in zijn andere romans nam Harris historische gebeurtenissen als basis voor actie en mengde hij fictie en realiteit. Zo gaat het in “Imperium” over het levensverhaal van Cicero. Harris streeft naar zoveel mogelijk feitelijke juistheid. “Ghost”, een roman over de ghost writer van een politicus werd beschouwd als een afrekening met de voormalige Britse premier Tony Blair, waarmee Harris lange tijd bevriend was. De regisseur Roman Polanski verfilmde de roman in 2010 met Ewan McGregor als de ghostwriter en Pierce Brosnan in de rol van de politicus Adam Lang.
“Thick cloud had pressed down on Berlin all night, and now it was lingering into what passed for the morning. On the city's western outskirts, plumes of rain drifted across the surface of Lake Havel like smoke.
Sky and water merged into a sheet of gray, broken only by the dark line of the opposite bank. Nothing stirred there. No lights showed.
Xavier March, homicide investigator with the Berlin Kriminalpolizei — the Kripo — climbed out of his Volkswagen and tilted his face to the rain. He was a connoisseur of this particular rain. He knew the taste of it, the smell of it. It was Baltic rain from the north, cold and seascented, tangy with salt. For an instant he was back twenty years, in the conning tower of a U-boat, slipping out of Wilhelmshaven, lights doused, into the darkness.
He looked at his watch. It was just after seven in the morning.
Drawn up on the roadside before him were three other cars. The occupants of two were asleep in the drivers' seats. The third was a patrol car of the Ordnungspolizei — the Orpo, as every German called them. It was empty.
Through its open window came the crackle of static, sharp in the damp air, punctuated by jabbering bursts of speech. The revolving light on its roof lit up the forest beside the road: blue-black, blue-black, blue-black.
March looked around for the Orpo patrolmen and saw them sheltering by the lake under a dripping birch tree. Something gleamed pale in the mud at their feet. On a nearby log sat a young man in a black tracksuit, SSinsignia on his breast pocket. He was hunched forward, elbows resting on his knees, hands pressed against the sides of his head — the image of misery.
March took a last draw on his cigarette and flicked it away. It fizzed and died on the wet road.
As he approached, one of the policemen raised his arm.
Robert Harris (Nottingham, 7 maart 1957)