By F. Scott Fitzgerald
«El gran Gatsby fue un tour de force, pero Suave es l. a. noche es una confesión de fe.»
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Dick y Nicole Diver, una glamurosa pareja norteamericana, llegan a los angeles Riviera francesa de los felices años veinte, época en que allí se daba cita l. a. beautiful people de todo el mundo. Son ricos, inteligentes, elegantes, irresistiblemente atractivos. Pero algo se oculta tras su aparente perfección: Nicole tiene un secreto, Dick una debilidad, y juntos se dirigen irremediablemente hacia las rocas contra las que su aventura parece abocada a estrellarse.
Suave es l. a. noche es una de las cumbres de l. a. obra de Francis Scott Fitzgerald, su novela más intensa y de mayor carga autobiográfica. En palabras de su esposa Zelda, «hay mucho de su propia vida en este atormentado retrato de opulencia destructiva e idealismo malogrado».
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In recent years, when I wanted to teach Twain again, I turned to the novel Pudd舖nhead Wilson, with its own tangled problems of racial and national masks and masquerades; to short fiction and essays (including perhaps his funniest piece of writing, 舠Fenimore Cooper舗s Literary Offenses舡; see 舠For Further Reading舡), and to The Mysterious Stranger, in which wry, darkly wise Satan drops in on a hamlet very much like the ones of Twain舗s best-known fictions, including Huckleberry Finn. One of Satan舗s messages is close to Huck舗s, too: that it is better to be dead than to endure the ordinary villager舗s humdrum (and very violent) life.
1858 Sam舗s brother Henry dies in a steamboat accident. 1859 Samuel Clemens becomes a fully licensed river pilot. 1861 The American Civil War erupts, putting an abrupt stop to river trade between North and South. Sam serves with a Confederate militia for two weeks before venturing to the Nevada Territory with Orion, who had been appointed by President Abraham Lin coln as secretary of the new Territory. 1862 After an unsuccessful stint as a miner and prospector for gold and silver, Clemens begins reporting for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada.
In the key instance of Huckleberry Finn舗s 舠hypercanonization,舡 Hemingway wrote these famous sweeping words about the novel: 舠All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn ... It舗s the best book we舗ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. 舡 Hemingway舗s other key sentences, hidden in the ellipsis above, are usually not quoted: 舠If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim [there it is again: Hemingway舗s phrase, not Twain舖s] is stolen from the boys.