9781590173046

Chaos and Night

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  • ISBN13:

    9781590173046

  • ISBN10:

    159017304X

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-02-17
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
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Summary

Don Celestino is old and bitter and afraid, an impossible man. An anarchist who has been in exile from his native Spain for more than twenty years, he lives with his daughter in Paris, but in his mind he is still fighting the Spanish Civil War. He fulminates against the daily papers; he brags about his past exploits. He has become bigoted, self-important, and obsessed; a bully to his fellow exiles and a tyrant to his daughter, Pascualita. Then a family member dies in Madrid and there is an inheritance to sort out. Pascualita wants to go to Spain, which is supposedly opening up in response to the 1960s, and Don Celestino feels he has no choice but to follow. He is full of dread and desire, foreseeing a heroic last confrontation with his enemies, but what he encounters instead is a new commercialized Spain that has no time for the past, much less for him. Or so it seems. Because the last act of Don Celestino's dizzying personal drama will prove that though "there is nothing serious . . . , there is tragedy." An astonishing modern take on Don Quixote,Chaos and Nightuntangles the ties between politics and paranoia, self-loathing and self-pity, rage and remorse. It is the darkly funny final flowering of the art of Henry de Montherlant, a solitary and scarifying modern master whose work, admired by Graham Greene and Albert Camus, is sure to appeal to contemporary readers of Thomas Bernhard and Roberto Bolano.

Author Biography

Henry de Montherlant (1896—1972) was one of the leading French writers of the twentieth century, and an Officer of the French Legion of Honor. His works include The Young Girls and The Bachelors, which was awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature de l’Académie Française and the English Northcliffe Prize.

Gary Indiana is an American writer, journalist, and actor. He is the author of numerous books, including Do Everything in the Dark, Let It Bleed, and The Schwarzenegger Syndrome. He served as the art critic for The Village Voice from 1985 to 1988, and lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

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