By Joyce Carol Oates
«Oates sabe que ya has visto a Marilyn Monroe. l. a. reconocerías en cualquier parte. Tantas imágenes, tantas historias que ya han echado raíces en tu mente. Pero su fuerza y su talento consiste en limitarse a señalar los detalles y traerla de vuelta a los angeles vida, a ella y a todo el siglo: los angeles muchacha desnuda, el terciopelo rojo, las plantas de sus pies.»
Bethany Schneider, Newsday «Socorro, siento que los angeles Vida se acerca.»
Marilyn Monroe period puro fuego, sexualidad a flor de piel, romances turbulentos; pero también period frágil, una mujer asustada y repleta de inseguridades que buscaba en otros -el Ex Deportista, el Dramaturgo o el Presidente- ese amor que ella misma se negaba. Una artista emblemática cargada de conflictos y temores, de pasiones desatadas; una niña que no dejó de huir hacia delante, y llegó a burlar a los angeles propia muerte para convertirse en leyenda.
Tras una exhaustiva documentación, Joyce Carol Oates redibuja l. a. vida inside de Norma Jeane Baker -la pequeña sin padre, l. a. mujer dependiente de tranquilizantes y estimulantes, los angeles malograda actriz y amante- y a su «Amiga Mágica del Espejo», los angeles idolatrada rubia que el mundo llegó a conocer como Marilyn Monroe.
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«Dramática, provocativa e inquietantemente sugerente, Blonde es tan explosiva como su protagonista, los angeles legendaria Marilyn Monroe. En una prosa impresionista de elevada potencia, Oates crea un retrato sorprendente y conmovedor de los angeles estrella mítica y de l. a. sociedad que los angeles creó y le falló.»
«Oates nos hace vivir l. a. vida de Marilyn Monroe. Y es un verdadero infierno. Y es brillante. Porque nos querremos arrancar los ojos para dejar de mirar, y es imposible.»
Ann Patchett, The Times
«Oates rebosa testosterona, y su último libro es agresivo y atrevido. Quiere que miremos a un personaje mítico con nuevos ojos, pero no con los de l. a. cámara, sino con nuestros ojos más humanos.»
Philip Weiss, New York Observer
«En lo referente a Marilyn Monroe, el público siempre se quedaba en el external y miraba hacia el inside, pero he aquí que en esta nueva y apasionante novela, Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates revierte ese proceso al plantarse en el inside de l. a. torturada psique de l. a. actriz para rematar un retrato perturbadoramente íntimo.»
John Thomas, Playboy
«Oates se libera de los corsés de una renarración periodística de hechos archiconocidos y crea con verdadera maestría una potente tragedia norteamericana profundamente inquietante.»
Susan Tekulve, Book Magazine
«Una novela que nos va ganando y absorbiendo a medida que vamos pasando las páginas hasta seducirnos por completo.»
Jason S. Polley, Revista Arcadia
«Un libro potente e hipnótico.»
Elaine Showalter, Literary Review
«La obra más importante dela prolífica carrera de Oates.»
Dan Cryer, Newsday
«Una magnífica obra, escrita con parte de esa frenética inspiración con l. a. que Marilyn Monroe vivió su vida. Si no ha leído aún a Joyce Carol Oates, no lo deje por más tiempo. Empiece aquí y ahora.»
Susan Jeffreys, The Independent
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The anger seemed to drain suddenly out of my mother. ” At this Ida Rebecca jabbed her knife into the jar and smeared the bread with a thick coat of jelly, all the time glaring at my mother. “Eat it,” she commanded. I waited until my mother marched out, very near tears, I judged, and then I ate it while Ida Rebecca watched. I didn’t dare not to. Not going to my grandmother’s side of the road was an impossibility, and my mother acknowledged it, and went frequently herself in calmer moments, for Ida Rebecca’s house was the capitol of Morrisonville.
Its name, Morrisonville, dated from the early part of the nineteenth century. By the time I came along it could have been appropriately renamed Bakerville, for almost every soul in the community was a member in some degree of the prodigious Baker family, which had settled in the region around 1730. Why a settlement rose there in the first place is a mystery. T h e village sat a third of a mile back from the only paved road in the territory, and the sole waterway was a creek so shallow I could wade across it and barely get my feet wet.
Boils and carbuncles were covered with the membrane of a boiled egg to “draw the core” before being lanced with a needle sterilized in a match flame. When my cousin Lillian stepped barefoot on a rusty nail, my grandmother insisted on treating the puncture by applying a slab of raw bacon. When my cousin Catherine’s hand touched a red-hot wood stove, my grandmother seized her arm and with fingertips light as feathers stroked the blistering skin while murmuring an incoherent incantation in a trancelike monotone.