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El Eterno Intermedio de Billy Lynn
El Eterno Intermedio de Billy Lynn

El Eterno Intermedio de Billy Lynn

FICTION

336 Pages, 6 x 8.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9788494561238

Rights: US & CA

Contra (Jan 2018)

Price: $29.95
 
 

Overview

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intensive warfare with Iraqi insurgents—caught on tape by a Fox News crew—has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. Now they're on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. On Thanksgiving Day, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show. Among the Bravos is nineteen-year-old Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and support our troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the team's owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues. Over the course of the day, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years. Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a searing and powerful novel that has cemented Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation. The English-language edition was turned into a major motion picture in 2016.Los ocho supervivientes del escuadrón Bravo se enfrentan al último tramo del Tour de la Victoria, tras protagonizar en Irak una heroica hazaña bélica que se hizo viral en YouTube y enardeció el ánimo patriótico de todo un país. Después de dos semanas de baños de multitudes y de ser recibidos con pompa por el presidente Bush en la Casa Blanca, serán agasajados por la turba enfervorecida del Texas Stadium, en el corazón de la América más profunda y conservadora, dos días antes de volver al frente. El soldado raso Billy Lynn, de diecinueve años, héroe de la hazaña de Al Ansakar, en la que ha perdido a su mejor amigo, se debate entre la fascinación del ardor yanqui que suscita entre sus compatriotas y el terrorífico e inminente retorno a Irak. El multimillonario dueño de los Texas Cowboys, Norman Oglesby, será su maestro de ceremonias en esta recepción en la que compartirán escenario con Beyoncé y las Destiny's Child en el espectáculo de la media parte. En su viaje por las entrañas del American dream, los Bravo se cruzarán con magnates del petróleo, un productor de Hollywood que planea hacer una película con su historia protagonizada por Hilary Swank, cheerleaders neumáticas que cortan la respiración, jugadores de fútbol americano de dimensiones sobrehumanas y una plétora de fanáticos que vomitarán su fervor nacional sobre los atribulados soldados. La primera novela de Ben Fountain, ganadora del National Book Critics Circle Award y finalista del National Book Award, fue recibida con gran entusiasmo por crítica y lectores cuando se publicó en 2012, y se convirtió en un best seller. Con un lenguaje vigoroso, repleto de metáforas inolvidables propias del mejor Tom Wolfe, Fountain compone un feroz retrato de la reciente guerra de Irak y una sátira devastadora e hilarante del American way of life. En noviembre de 2016, se estrena la versión cinematográfica del libro, dirigida por el oscarizado Ang Lee y protagonizada por Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, y el debutante Joe Alwyn en el papel de Billy Lynn.

Reviews

"Brilliantly done . . . grand, intimate, and joyous."—New York Times Book Review, on the English-language edition

"Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters: read this giant-hearted novel."—Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not merely good; it's Pulitzer Prize-quality good . . . A bracing, fearless and uproarious satire of how contemporary war is waged and sold to the American public."—San Francisco Chronicle, on the English-language edition

Author Biography

Ben Fountain has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, an O.Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards, among other honors and awards. His work has been published in Harper's, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Stories from the South: The Year's Best, The New York Times and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, among other publications. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.