By Gore Vidal
Hollywood marks the 5th episode in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire," his celebrated sequence of six old novels that shape his prolonged biography of the United States.
It is 1917, and President Woodrow Wilson is set to steer the rustic into the good struggle in Europe. In California, a brand new is born that may irreversibly rework the United States. Caroline Sanford, the captivating heroine of Empire, discovers the ability of relocating photos to govern fact as she vaults to reveal stardom below the identify of Emma Traxler. simply as Caroline needs to stability her lives--West Coast celebrity and East Coast newspaper writer and senator's mistress--so too needs to the USA stability its energy facilities: Hollywood and Washington. here's historical past as simply Gore Vidal can re-create it: brimming with intrigue and scandal, peopled by way of the greats of the silver monitor and American politics.
"Hollywood shimmers with the semblance of politics and the politics of illusion," wrote the Chicago Sun-Times. "A splendidly literate and always amazing paintings of fiction that truly belongs on a shelf with Vidal's best," stated the recent York occasions booklet Review.
With a brand new creation by way of the writer.
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Now then, we'll have no blasphemies here," said the clergyman mildly. "When a man dies, there is no need to call for demons. " The men around the body turned to Darwin expectantly. He hunched his shoulders, and shook his head in irritation. "The obvious diagnosis is a massive heart failure, but it is not a reply I can offer in good conscience. I saw this man earlier today, and observed him closely. He was not at the point of death. " Darwin stooped, and lifted the limp right arm of the dead man.
Just as the demon left him," said a ragged man softly. The little group of people stirred and looked nervously around the shadowed hall. "Now then, we'll have no blasphemies here," said the clergyman mildly. "When a man dies, there is no need to call for demons. " The men around the body turned to Darwin expectantly. He hunched his shoulders, and shook his head in irritation. "The obvious diagnosis is a massive heart failure, but it is not a reply I can offer in good conscience. I saw this man earlier today, and observed him closely.
There is one more duty for us tonight, and in some ways it is the most difficult and sorrowful of all. " "Nothing could be worse," said Maclaren. But he turned and came back to where Darwin and Pole stood facing each other. " "Hohenheim. He came here uninvited, and you asked why. You did not seek to bring him, and I certainly did not. He has been a mystery to all of us. " Followed by Pole and Maclaren, he led the way across the turf to the house where Hohenheim and his servant had stayed. The door was closed, and no light showed within.
Hollywood (Narratives of Empire, Book 5) by Gore Vidal