Even before its publication in 1991, American Psychocaptured the attention and imagination of readers. Now an acknowledged modern classic and a multimillion-copy bestseller, it continues to be one of the most talked-about books of all time. A film based on the novel, starring Christian Bale, was released in 2000. Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America's greatest dream - and its worst nightmare - American Psychois a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront. In 2012 Picador celebrates its 40th anniversary. During that time we have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst. Years later, Picador continue to bring readers the very best contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across the globe. Discover more at picador. com/40
Victor Ward deambula por una gelida vacuidad, entre lluvias de confeti de colores, rozando apenas relaciones personales; ajeno a que esta condenado a desvanecerse. 'El autor de Menos que cero ha pasado por las drogas, las amenazas de muerte y el rechazo de la critica. Con su nueva novela, Glamourama, ha crecido y ha escrito su libro mas ambicioso hasta la fecha. ' Rolling Stone. 'Es una lastima que este tan de moda detestar a este escritor de 34 anos, en especial cuando la novela en cuestion es un libro de lo mas ocurrente y mordaz sobre la obsesion mas frivola de esta decada: las modelos. ' Time Out New York. 'Bret Easton Ellis no reconoceria una buena novela aunque la escribiera el mismo. Prueba de ello es que la ha escrito el mismo. ' New York Magazine. 'El libro parece volverse loco mientras lo estas leyendo, pero Ellis no teme la apariencia del caos. Inventa un infierno nuevo en cada pagina. De forma misteriosa, a traves de todo este tumulto, el estilo se mantiene elegante. Da lo mismo lo trivial u horrible que sea el tema, la prosa sigue arrullandote con una puntuacio9n minima y una cantidad maxima de monosilabos. ' Time Out New York.
In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis shocked, stunned and disturbed with Less Than Zero, his 'extraordinarily accomplished first novel' (New Yorker), successfully chronicling the frightening consequences of unmitigated hedonism within the ranks of the ethically bereft youth of 80s Los Angeles. Twenty-five years later, Ellis returns to those same characters - to Clay and the band of infamous teenagers whose lives weave sporadically through his - but now, they face an even greater period of disaffection: their own middle age. Clay seems to have moved on - he's become a successful screenwriter - but when he returns from New York to Los Angeles, to help cast his new movie, he's soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his vulnerable former girlfriend, is now married to Trent - still a bisexual philanderer - and their Beverly Hills parties attract excessive levels of fame and fortune. Clay's childhood friend Julian is a recovering addict running an ultra-discreet, high-class escort service, and their old dealer Rip, reconstructed and face-lifted nearly beyond recognition, is involved in activities far more sinister than those of his notorious past. After a meeting with a gorgeous but talentless actress determined to win a role in his movie, Clay finds himself connected with Kelly Montrose, a producer whose gruesomely violent death is suddenly very much the talk of the town. As his seemingly endless proclivity for betrayal leads him to be drawn further and further into this ominous case it looks like he will face far more serious consequences than ever before.
In this seductive and chillingly nihilistic novel, Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, returns to Los Angeles, the city whose moral badlands he portrayed unforgettably in Less Than Zero. This time is the early eighties. The characters go to the same schools and eat at the same restaurants. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. They have sex with the same boys and girls and buy from the same dealers. In short, they are connected in the only way people can be in that city. Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance comes. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, "You're tan but you don't look happy." Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis, their interactions compose a chilling, fascinating, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath L.A.'s gorgeous surfaces.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope. Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.
Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while afterAmerican Psychoyour celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs. Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety--only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father's, his stepdaughter's doll violently "malfunctions," and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events--a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son's age--Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania. Lunar Parkconfounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution--about love and loss, fathers and sons--in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.
Clay regresa a Los Ángeles durante las vacaciones de Navidad. En el aeropuerto lo espera su novia Blair, por la que siente una profunda indiferencia. Un escueto mensaje de su madre sobre la mesa de la cocina y la nueva criada lo aguardan en casa. Enseguida intenta ponerse en contacto con Julian, su huidizo mejor amigo, que ha abandonado la universidad y coquetea con la heroína, pero no consigue encontrarlo. Sin nada mejor que hacer, se reincorpora a sus viejas rutinas: un frenesí de fiestas interminables, sexo sin miramientos y montañas de coca.Retrato de una sociedad en la que cada adolescente tiene su dealer y en la que las emociones se miden en fajos de billetes, Menos que cero es la primera novela del autor de American Psycho. Escrita cuando Bret Easton Ellis contaba solo veinte años, Menos que cero narra, con un estilo gélido y contundente, las andanzas de un grupo de adolescentes a la deriva en los años ochenta, y sorprendió a la crítica para convertirse inmediatamente en obra de culto.
Set at a small, affluent liberal-arts college in New England at the height of the Reagan 80s, The Rules of Attraction is a startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future--or even the present--who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Bret Easton Ellis trains his incisive gaze on the kids at self-consciously bohemian Camden College and treats their sexual posturings and agonies with a mixture of acrid hilarity and compassion while exposing the moral vacuum at the center of their lives.Lauren changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor who split for Europe months ago and she might or might not be writing anonymous love letter to ambivalent, hard-drinking Sean, a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul, Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed To Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World or The Graveyard. The Rules of Attraction is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Clay, ahora guionista de éxito, regresa a Los Ángeles para participar en el casting de su nueva película. En una fiesta de productores se reencuentra con su ex, Blair, y su marido, Trent, un poderoso magnate que continúa siendo un casanova. Esa misma noche conoce a Rain, una actriz despampanante y sin talento pero decidida a conseguir el papel de su vida. Desde ese instante Clay comienza a recibir mensajes anónimos, un jeep azul lo sigue a todas partes y el rumor sobre el asesinato de un productor se extiende en su círculo de amistades. Su amigo de la adolescencia, Julian -recuperado de su adición a la heroína y al frente de un servicio de prostitución-, y su antiguo camello, Rip -más siniestro que nunca debido a una larga lista de operaciones de estética que lo han desfigurado hasta hacerlo irreconocible- reaparecen entonces en su vida.«Los fans de Bret Easton Ellis se deleitarán con los personajes y con la facilidad del autor para manipular sus destinos. Aunque la relación con Menos que cero es sublime, Suites imperiales funciona a la perfección leído independientemente.»Publishers Weekly
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