La dama del lago

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Alianza, 2001 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Cuarta novela publicada por Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), LA DAMA DEL LAGO (1943) fue una de las obras más largamente gestadas por su autor, así como una de las de mayor éxito de público. Situada, de forma estrictamente contemporánea, durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la acción, que desencadena la desaparición de una mujer, se desarrolla a caballo entre Los Ángeles y las montañas próximas a la ciudad. A diferencia de lo que ocurre en otras novelas de Chandler, como «El sueño eterno» (BA 0700) o «Adiós muñeca» (BA 0702), en esta ocasión Marlowe no se ve mezclado con millonarios, mujeres explosivas o individuos de ocupaciones sospechosas, sino con personajes corrientes cuya condición, sin embargo, no los exime de la sujeción a las pasiones, la corrupción y el crimen.

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Born in Chicago but raised in England, where he studied the classics, Raymond Chandler had early jobs as a reporter for English newspapers. He also worked as an accountant, bookkeeper, and auditor. But his first love was writing, and from 1933 to his death, Chandler was a professional writer. In addition to novels and short stories, Chandler wrote screenplays. He won two academy awards, for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). Urban America's darker side fascinated Chandler as a place where the promise of America has gone wrong, corrupted by greed, money, and power. Into this setting Chandler places detective Philip Marlowe, a disillusioned idealist made cynical by what he sees on the streets of Los Angeles. Chandler is said to demonstrate the imaginative possibilities of the detective story as he transforms the genre from formulaic puzzlement to cultural inquiry.