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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.

Beautiful You

by Chuck Palahniuk

"A billion husbands are about to be replaced."From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term "self-help." Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of gratification for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of feminine products to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for battery-powered world domination must be stopped. But how? From the Hardcover edition.

Beautiful You

by Chuck Palahniuk

"A billion husbands are about to be replaced." From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes a novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more. . . Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny of to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called "Beautiful You." So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except to buy batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?

Burnt Tongues

by Chuck Palahniuk Richard Thomas Dennis Widmyer

Transgressive fiction authors write stories some are afraid to tell. Stories with taboo subjects, unique voices, shocking images-nothing safe or dry.Burnt Tongues is a collection of transgressive stories selected by a rigorous nomination and vetting process and hand-selected by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, as the best of The Cult workshop.These stories run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression.Some may say even a scar.

Burnt Tongues

by Chuck Palahniuk Richard Thomas Dennis Widmyer

Transgressive fiction authors write stories some are afraid to tell. Stories with taboo subjects, unique voices, shocking images-nothing safe or dry.Burnt Tongues is a collection of transgressive stories selected by a rigorous nomination and vetting process and hand-selected by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, as the best of The Cult workshop.These stories run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression.Some may say even a scar.

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.

Clown Girl

by Chuck Palahniuk Monica Drake

Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a "corporate clown," trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars - most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields - to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill.

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.

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.

Dora: A Headcase

by Chuck Palahniuk Lidia Yuknavitch

Dora: A Headcase is a contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud's famous case study-retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with shotgun blasts of dark humor and sexual play.Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey. At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks." Ida's in love with her friend Obsidian, but when she gets close to intimacy, she faints or loses her voice. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial moment-at a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has.

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.

Make Something Up

by Chuck Palahniuk

Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favorite transgressive author Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. And in other stories, the absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.

Make Something Up

by Chuck Palahniuk

Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favourite transgressive author. Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-colour joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.

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

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