5 de febrer del 2014

Talking about... Strangers on a train de Patricia Highsmith

El proper dijous 6 de febrer a les 19 h continuem el nostre 4t Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem a la Biblioteca Pompeu Fabra per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

Patricia Highsmith
(born Jan. 29, 1921, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.—died Feb. 4, 1995, Locarno, Switzerland).

U.S. mystery writer Patricia Highsmith is known for her psychological thrillers in which characters' lives intermingle with deadly results. She graduated from Barnard College in New York City in 1942 and traveled to Europe in 1949. In 1950 Highsmith published Strangers on a Train, an intriguing story of two men, one ostensibly good and the other ostensibly evil, whose lives become inextricably entangled. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) is the first of several books featuring the adventures of a charming murderer, Tom Ripley, who takes on the identities of his victims. Ripley also appears in Ripley Under Ground (1970), Ripley's Game (1974), The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980), and Ripley Under Water (1991). Among Highsmith's other books are The Price of Salt (1952; written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan), and The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder (1975). Her collections of short stories include The Black House (1981) and Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes (1987). Highsmith also wrote on the craft of writing. In her Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction (1966), she held that “art has nothing to do with morality, convention, or moralizing.”

Strangers on a train

Guy Haines meets a stranger on a train, and over dinner, they discuss a perfect plan for murder. "You murder my father, and I'll murder your wife," suggests the stranger. But things don't always go as planned. This crime thriller was adapted into the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name.

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