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Al desnudo

by Chuck Palahniuk

Katherine Kenton es una estrella inestable y en decadencia a lo Gloria Swanson en El crepúsculo de los dioses. Con unos ojos que matarían de envidia a la mismísima Elizabeth Taylor y el apetito sexual de Catalina la Grande, Kenton es una caricatura de la famosa actriz. Neurótica y alcoholizada, recluida en lujosas mansiones, amada por millones que solo conocen su imagen y esclava de su desesperada necesidad de ser amada, la vida de la actriz es manejada hábilmente por su incansable sirvienta, Hazie, que también es la narradora de la novela. Cuando entra en escena Webster Carlton Westward III, que corteja a Katherine descaradamente, Hazie, que sospecha de las intenciones del donjuán, se siente amenazada y decide emplearse a fondo para destruir la relación.

Asfixia

by Chuck Palahniuk

Victor Mancini, un estudiante de medicina fracasado, ha diseñado un complejo plan para cubrir los gastos de la atención médica de su madre: fingir que se asfixia con un pedazo de comida en un restaurante para que la persona que acuda a «salvarlo» se sienta responsable de él durante el resto de su vida. Y le pase un cheque. Si se practica en varios centenares de restaurantes, la lluvia de dinero está garantizada. Entre una actuación y otra en los restaurantes, Victor también se gana la vida representando el papel de un campesino miserable en un parque temático dedicado a la América colonial del siglo XVIII, acude a un grupo de terapia para adictos al sexo (la mejor manera de conocer mujeres) y visita a su madre, cuya vena anárquica hizo de la infancia de Victor una auténtica locura. Un antihéroe en tiempos de insania, y una novela que confirma a Palahniuk como una de las voces más frescas y desopilantes de la narrativa norteamericana.

Choke

by Chuck Palahniuk

Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be "saved" by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor's life, go on to send checks to support him. When he's not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.From the Trade Paperback edition.

El club de la lucha

by Chuck Palahniuk

Todos los fines de semana, en sótanos y aparcamientos a lo largo y ancho del país, jóvenes oficinistas se quitan los zapatos y las camisas y pelean entre sí hasta la extenuación. Los lunes regresan a sus despachos con los ojos amoratados, algún diente de menos y un sentimiento embriagador de omnipotencia. Estas reuniones clandestinas son parte del plan con el que Tyler Durden, proyeccionista, camarero y oscuro genio anárquico, aspira a vengarse de una sociedad enferma por el consumismo exacerbado. El club de la lucha, una de las novelas contemporáneas más originales y provocadoras, se convirtió, desde su publicación y la posterior adaptación cinematográfica de David Fincher, en 1999, en un clásico underground.

Damned

by Chuck Palahniuk

Think adolescence is hell? You have no idea... Welcome to Dante's Inferno, by way of The Breakfast Club, from the mind of American fiction's most brilliant troublemaker. "Death, like life, is what you make out of it." So says Madison, the whip-tongued 11-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk's subversive homage to the young adult genre. Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas while her parents are off touting their new film projects and adopting more orphans. Over the holidays she dies of a marijuana overdose--and the next thing she knows, she's in Hell. This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno inspired by both the most extreme and mundane of human evils, where The English Patient plays on repeat and roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb. However, underneath Madison's sad teenager affect there is still a child struggling to accept not only the events of her dysfunctional life, but also the truth about her death. For Madison, though, a more immediate source of comfort lies in the motley crew of young sinners she meets during her first days in Hell. With the help of Archer, Babette, Leonard, and Patterson, she learns to navigate Hell--and discovers that she'd rather be mortal and deluded and stupid with those she loves than perfect and alone.

Diario. Una novela

by Chuck Palahniuk

«Nadie hay más brutalmente tierno que Palahniuk en la joven ficción norteamericana. Con él está asegurada la diversión.» El Mundo «Corra a comprar los libros de Palahniuk. Vaya a la biblioteca del barrio. Pídaselos a un amigo. Róbelos. Pero léalo. Ya está tardando.» ABC Cultural «Narrada con una prosa cruda y que elude florituras, sus novelas son salvajes y divertidas en su dramatismo.» El País

Diary

by Chuck Palahniuk

Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she's now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn't stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they've found on the walls of houses he remodeled.Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America's most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk's most impressive work to date.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Doomed

by Chuck Palahniuk

Madison Spencer, the liveliest and snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the afterlife adventure begun in Chuck Palahniuk's bestseller Damned. Just as that novel brought us a brilliant Hell that only he could imagine, Doomed is a dark and twisted apocalyptic vision from this provocative storyteller.The bestselling Damned chronicled Madison's journey across the unspeakable (and really gross) landscape of the afterlife to confront the Devil himself. But her story isn't over yet. In a series of electronic dispatches from the Great Beyond, Doomed describes the ultimate showdown between Good and Evil. After a Halloween ritual gone awry, Madison finds herself trapped in Purgatory--or, as mortals like you and I know it, Earth. She can see and hear every detail of the world she left behind, yet she's invisible to everyone who's still alive. Not only do people look right through her, they walk right through her as well. The upside is that, no longer subject to physical limitations, she can pass through doors and walls. Her first stop is her parents' luxurious apartment, where she encounters the ghost of her long-deceased grandmother. For Madison, the encounter triggers memories of the awful summer she spent upstate with Nana Minnie and her grandfather, Papadaddy. As she revisits the painful truth of what transpired over those months (including a disturbing and finally fatal meeting in a rest stop's fetid men's room, in which . . . well, never mind), her saga of eternal damnation takes on a new and sinister meaning. Satan has had Madison in his sights from the very beginning: through her and her narcissistic celebrity parents, he plans to engineer an era of eternal damnation. For everyone. Once again, our unconventional but plucky heroine must face her fears and gather her wits for the battle of a lifetime. Dante Alighieri, watch your back; Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.

Error humano

by Chuck Palahniuk

«Tal vez nuestra generación haya encontrado otro Don DeLillo.»Bret Easton Ellis«Como Edgar Allan Poe, Palahniuk es un incansable proveedor tóxico de un creciente horror. En su caso, convierte el nihilismo en diversión.»Henry Alford, Vanity Fair«Palahniuk siempre ha dicho que sus libros son mera observación y, cuando uno lee sobre los lugares a los que va y la gente a la que conoce, es fácil creerlo.»Alice Fisher, Time Out London

Fantasmas

by Chuck Palahniuk

Inmersos en un escenario aislado de las preocupaciones mundanas, los escritores llegan dispuestos a escribir su obra maestra. No obstante, la colonia de escritores resulta ser un lugar apartado del mundo, un viejo teatro abandonado, donde la comida, la electricidad y los suministros básicos son bienes escasos. En estas condiciones precarias, los protagonistas comenzarán a escribir historias terroríficas hasta llegar a un grado de maquinación diabólico, y alzarse ante la masa como héroes de una película documental. Fantasmas es al mismo tiempo una sátira provocativa sobre el ansia de notoriedad y un homenaje a los clásicos del género de terror en la línea de Los cuentos de Canterbury o Frankenstein. «La obra de ficción más original de este año. Definitivamente, su última novela no es para cobardes.»The Guardian «Si por algo es conocido Chuck Palahniuk es por su deseo de conmocionar; con Fantasmas no podemos decir que haya cambiado de rumbo.»The Daily Telegraph

Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

by Chuck Palahniuk

The author of the best-selling novel reveals his favorite Portland, Oregon landmarks in this autobiographical travel guide that describes the City of Roses as "the home of America's fugitives and refugees." Covering a bit of culture and a bit of history, the guide begins with a Portland vocabulary lesson and then offers descriptive listings of selected restaurants (with key recipes), architecture, museums, swingers' sex clubs (gay and straight), events, transportation, shopping, and photo opportunities, along with wry commentary from the author. The guide does not include maps, photographs, or an index. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Haunted

by Chuck Palahniuk

Haunted is a novel made up of twenty-three horrifying, hilarious, and stomach-churning stories. They're told by people who have answered an ad for a writer's retreat and unwittingly joined a "Survivor"-like scenario where the host withholds heat, power, and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, their tales become more extreme, and they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show that will surely be made from their plight. This is one of the most disturbing and outrageous books you'll ever read, one that could only come from the mind of Chuck Palahniuk.From the Trade Paperback edition.he Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition--The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein--to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest--which means his most extreme and his most provocative.

Lullaby

by Chuck Palahniuk

Ever heard of a culling song? It's a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers.Reporter Carl Streator discovers the song's lethal nature while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and before he knows it, he's reciting the poem to anyone who bothers him. As the body count rises, Streator glimpses the potential catastrophe if someone truly malicious finds out about the song. The only answer is to find and destroy every copy of the book in the country. Accompanied by a shady real-estate agent, her Wiccan assistant, and the assistant's truly annoying ecoterrorist boyfriend, Streator begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling song to rest.Written with a style and imagination that could only come from Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby is the latest outrage from one of our most exciting writers at work today.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Monstruos invisibles

by Chuck Palahniuk

Pero cuando un «accidente» la deja completamente desfigurada e incapaz de hablar, pasa de ser un hermoso centro de atracción a convertirse en un monstruo invisible, tan horrible que nadie parece percatarse de su existencia. Nadie, salvo Brandy Alexander, un transexual a quien conoce en el hospital y que le ofrece la oportunidad de encontrar su nuevo destino, a partir de olvidar su pasado y construirse infinitos y simultáneos presentes. Así, tras secuestrar a Manus, su actual ex novio, partirán en una carrera desenfrenada que solo puede conducirlos hacia su aniquilación. Monstruos invisibles es una road movie alucinada cuyos protagonistas se lanzan en una aventura contra la imposición social de la belleza. Palahniuk, dueño de un universo muy personal, sacude y agita nuestras mentes de un modo brutal.

Nana

by Chuck Palahniuk

«Como Kurt Vonnegut, Palahniuk hace juegos malabares sobre el nihilismo y el idealismo, con un estilo fluido y divertido. Reformulapautas de comportamiento que finalmente adquieren un tono casi místico. En Nana , Palahniuk ha afinado al máximo su oído para crear una parábola tan importante como disparatada.» The New York Times «Palahniuk es una de las voces más frescas e intrigantes que han aparecido en mucho tiempo. Retoma el sentido del humor de Vonnegut, el mordaz análisis social de DeLillo y el surrealismo de Pynchon para construir un puzzle brillante, brutal y muy personal.» New York Newsday «Cuando uno lee a Palahniuk capta que algo sucede en Estados Unidos que, cada tanto, en medio de tanta mentira, surge alguien que dice la verdad. Palahniuk, como Denis Johnson, poetizan, casi sin darse cuenta, lo que sucede debajo de las autopistas iluminadas, en esos barrios oscuros, abandonados. Uno entra en sus libros limpio y sale sangrando, hediondo, dañado, vivo.»Alberto Fuguet

Pigmeo

by Chuck Palahniuk

Pigmeo forma parte de un grupo de terroristas adolescentes enviados a Estados Unidos para cometer un atentado masivo. Camuflado como estudiante de intercambio, el agente 67 deberá convivir con la típica familia americana mientras planifica el ataque. Para conseguir su objetivo cuenta con unos conocimientos avanzados de química y el dominio de las artes marciales. Está entrenado para detonar un artefacto mortífero en el momento preciso, si consigue, eso sí, controlar sus inoportunas erecciones... En esta sátira de doble filo sobre la xenofobia, Chuck Palahniuk retrata el estilo de vida del medio oeste americano y nos cuenta una historia de amor y redención. «La imaginación retorcida de Palahniuk, en plena ebullición.» The Seattle Times «Palahniuk es brillante.» The Washington Post Book World

Pygmy

by Chuck Palahniuk

Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival mid-western American airport greater _______ area. Flight ____. Date ______. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name. Operation Havoc. Fellow operatives already pass immigrant control, through secure doors and to embrace own other host family people. Operative Tibor, agent 23; operative Magda, agent 36; operative Ling, agent 19. All violate United States secure port of entry having success. Each now embedded among middle-income corrupt American family, all other homes, other schools, and neighbours of same city. By not after next today, strategy of web of operatives to be established. ' Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland (a mash-up of North Korea, Cuba, Communist-era China, and Nazi-era Germany), as an "exchange student" into the welcoming arms of his Simpsons-spinoff Midwestern host family. Host cow father (he works in the biological weapons complex outside of town), chicken neck mother, pig dog brother, and the disconcertingly self-possessed cat sister introduce Pygmy into the rituals of postmodern American life, which he views with utter contempt. Along with his fellow operatives, all indoctrinated into the mindset of the totalitarian state, he is planning something big, something truly, truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat, dumb inhabitants to their knees. Pygmy is a comedy. It is also Chuck Palahniuk's finest, most ambitious novel since Fight Club.

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

by Chuck Palahniuk

The provocative and mind-bending new novel from the bestselling author of Fight Club and Haunted. Rant takes the form of a (fictional) oral history of Buster "Rant" Casey, in which an assortment of friends, enemies, admirers, detractors, and relations have their say on this evil character, who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time. Buster Casey was every small kid born in a small town, searching for real thrills in a world of video games and action/adventure movies. The high school rebel who always wins - and a childhood murderer? - Rant Casey escapes from his hometown of Middleton into the big city and becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing, where, on designated nights, the participants recognize each other by dressing their cars with tin-can tails, "Just Married" toothpaste graffiti, and other refuse, then look for special markings in order to stalk and crash into each other. It's in this violent, late-night hunting game that Casey makes three friends. And after his spectacular death, these friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short life. Their collected anecdotes explore the charges that his saliva infected hundreds and caused a silent, urban plague of rabies ... Expect hilarity and horror, and blazing insight into the desperate and surreal contemporary human condition as only Chuck Palahniuk can deliver it. He's the post-millennial Jonathan Swift, the man to watch to learn what's - uh-oh - coming next. Excerpt from RANT: Wallace Boyer (Car Salesman): Like most people, I didn't meet and talk to Rant Casey until after he was dead. That's how it works for most celebrities, after they croak their circle of close friends just explodes. A dead celebrity can't walk down the street without meeting a million best buddies they never met in real life. Dying was the best career move Jeff Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy ever made. ... The way Rant Casey used to say it: Folks build a reputation by attacking you while you're alive--or praising you after you ain't.

Rant. La vida de un asesino

by Chuck Palahniuk

Buster Casey fue un asesino. Vivió al límite. Mató a tanta gente como pudo. Buster Casey Fue el líder de una banda que se dedicaba a estrellar coches y a acumular cadáveres y chatarra. Toda una fiesta. Buster Casey murió joven, y dejó huella. Ahora sus amigos y conocidos le recuerdan, nos cuentan su vida. Si quieres saber quién fue realmente Buster Casey, lee esta novela de Chuck Palahniuk. Puede que te divierta, puede que te repugne, pero difícilmente olvidarás las iniciales B.C. y su rostro de asesino.

Snuff

by Chuck Palahniuk

Seiscientos tíos. Una reina del porno. Un récord mundial para la posteridad. Una película indispensable para cualquier coleccionista de porno que se precie. Cassie Wright, legendaria reina del porno en decadencia, decide culminar su carrera batiendo el récord mundial de polvos consecutivos con hombres distintos. Seiscientos, ni más ni menos. En una habitación repleta y ruidosa, los señores 72, 137 y 600 aguardan su turno para hacer historia. Cada uno de ellos espera que el breve encuentro con Cassie cambie sus vidas para siempre, pero, como en todas las novelas de Chuck Palahniuk, nada sale como esperaban. Desde el corazón de la industria del porno, un novela hilarante, provocativa y deslenguada del autor de El club de la lucha.

Snuff

by Chuck Palahniuk

From the master of literary mayhem and provocation, a full-frontal Triple-X novel that goes where no work of fiction has gone before. "Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic. " "Didn't one of us on purpose set out to make a snuff movie. " Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr 72, Mr 137 and Mr 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

Stranger Than Fiction

by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a glimpse of what inspires his fiction.At the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival in Missoula, Montana, average people perform public sex acts on an outdoor stage. In a mansion once occupied by The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson reads his own Tarot cards and talks sweetly to his beautiful actress girlfriend. Across the country, men build their own full-size castles and rocketships that will send them into space. Palahniuk himself experiments with steroids, works on an assembly line by day and as a hospice volunteer by night, and experiences the brutal murder of his father by a white supremacist. With this new direction, Chuck Palahniuk has proven he can do anything.From the Trade Paperback edition.s lived in and/or observed by one of our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.

Survivor

by Chuck Palahniuk

From the author of the cult sensation Fight Club(now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter) comes Survivor. "A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life." --Newsday. "The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage," according to the "been there, done that" wisdom of Tender Branson, last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult. At the opening of Chuck Palahniuk's hilariously unnerving second novel, Tender is cruising on autopilot, 39,000 feet up, dictating the whole of his life story into Flight 2039's "black box" in the final moments before crashing into the vast Australian outback. Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. Wickedly incisive and mesmerizing, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak. [Proofreader's Note: Most pages are purposefully out of order. Page numbers are correct, although the content is often mismatched. Hyphenated words at the bottoms of pages have been left as is to maintain the content.]

Survivor: A Novel

by Chuck Palahniuk

This novel is a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious vision of cult and post-cult life. [NOTE: THIS BOOK IS IN REVERSE ORDER, WHICH WAS DONE PURPOSEFULLY BY THE PUBLISHER.]

Tell-All

by Chuck Palahniuk

Tell-All is many things: a Sunset Boulevard-inflected homage to Old Hollywood when grand dames like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost. A Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama full of big gestures and muted psychic torment. A veritable Tourette's Syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list. A merciless send-up of of Lillian Hellman's habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond. Our narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine 'Miss Kathie' Kenton, a star of the wattage of Elizabeth Taylor and the emotional torments of Judy Garland. The survivor of multiple marriages, career comebacks and cosmetic surgeries, Miss Kathie lives the way legends should. But danger lurks when gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III arrives and worms his way into Miss Kathie's heart and boudoir. Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written his celebrity tell-all memoir and that it foretells her death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman-penned World War II musical extravaganza Unconditional Surrender, in which Miss Kathie portrays Lily defeating Japanese forces from Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans - and for posterity. A dark reimagining of All About Eve and an hilarious assault on celebrity, Tell-All is vintage Palahniuk.

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