DOG SOLDIERS by Robert Stone (hier online bestellen)
In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks
he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States,
things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the
1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers -
and the price of survival was dangerously high.
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About the author:
Robert Stone (born August 21, 1937) is a critically well regarded American novelist, whose work is typically
characterized by psychological complexity, political concerns, and dark humor.
Stone was born in Brooklyn, New York. Until the age of six he was raised by his mother, who suffered from
schizophrenia; after she was institutionalized, he spent several years in a Catholic orphanage.
He dropped out of high school in 1954 and joined the Navy for four years, where he worked as a journalist.
In the early 1960s, he briefly attended New York University; worked as a copyboy at the New York Daily News;
married and moved to New Orleans; attended a workshop with Wallace Stegner in San Francisco, where he began
writing a novel; met the influential Beat Generation writer Ken Kesey and travelled with the Merry Pranksters,
before returning to New York.
In 1967 Stone published his first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, which won a William Faulkner Foundation award
for best first novel. Set in New Orleans in 1962 and based partly on actual events, the novel depicted a
political scene dominated by right-wing racism, but its style was more reminiscent of Beat writers than of
earlier social realists: alternating between naturalism and stream of consciousness, with a large cast of
often psychologically unstable characters, it set the template for much of Stone's later writing. It was
adapted into the 1970 film WUSA. The novel's success led to a Guggenheim Fellowship and began Stone's
career as a professional writer and teacher.
His second novel, Dog Soldiers (1974), was a thriller of sorts about a journalist smuggling heroin from
Vietnam (where Stone had briefly travelled as a war correspondent in 1971). It won the 1975 National Book
Award, and was also adapted into a film, Who'll Stop the Rain.
A Flag for Sunrise (1981) made Stone's left-wing politics even more explicit than in his earlier work,
portraying a fictional Central American country in which U.S.-backed forces commit atrocities to suppress
a Marxist revolution; it won a PEN/Faulkner Award. His next two novels focused on smaller-scale conflicts:
the psychotic breakdown of a movie actress in Children of Light (Stone's least critically successful novel),
and a circumnavigation race in Outerbridge Reach (based loosely on the story of Donald Crowhurst). He
returned to current events with Damascus Gate (1998), about a man with messianic delusions caught up in a
terrorist plot in Jerusalem.
Stone currently lives in New York with his wife. He has two children.
DOG SOLDIERS by Robert Stone
Taschenbuch - 352 Seiten - Picador
Erscheinungsdatum: 9. Oktober 1998
Preis: € 11,50
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