Hungary-Hollywood Express

By (author): Éric Plamondon

When Gabriel Rivages recounts the life of Olympic gold medalist and silver-screen heart-throb Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), he brings to life a vibrant patchwork of America’s 20th century, from its athletic exploits to its literary underground, from its cinematic glory to its obscure failures. Burroughs sells pencil sharpeners, Einstein crosses paths with squirrel hunters, we play golf in Cuba, JFK becomes an airport, the world record for the 100m freestyle swim is broken, Tarzan saves Jane, a corrupt accountant runs away with the savings, the Second World War makes waves in Lake Michigan, and a living legend wraps up a storied career as a host in a Las Vegas restaurant.

Hungary-Hollywood Express is the first novel in Éric Plamondon’s 1984 trilogy. The second and third volumes, Mayonnaise and Apple S, turn their lens on the poet Richard Brautigan and Apple founder Steve Jobs respectively. Esplanade Books will publish them in 2017 and 2018 translated by novelist Dimitri Nasrallah.

AUTHOR

Éric Plamondon

Éric Plamondon was born in Quebec in 1969 and lives near Bordeaux, France. In addition to the 1984 Trilogy, he is the author of the novel Taqawan (2017) and the collection Donnacona (2017).

Reviews

“A portrait and kaleidoscope of a character who is truer than life.” -Josée Lapointe, La Presse

“A novel for the Wikipedia generation.” -Dominque Tardif, Voir

“[Plamondon] demonstrates that we can approach drama without falling into pathos or cynicism.” -Judy Quinn, Nuit Blanche

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When Gabriel Rivages recounts the life of Olympic gold medalist and silver-screen heart-throb Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), he brings to life a vibrant patchwork of America’s 20th century, from its athletic exploits to its literary underground, from its cinematic glory to its obscure failures. Burroughs sells pencil sharpeners, Einstein crosses paths with squirrel hunters, we play golf in Cuba, JFK becomes an airport, the world record for the 100m freestyle swim is broken, Tarzan saves Jane, a corrupt accountant runs away with the savings, the Second World War makes waves in Lake Michigan, and a living legend wraps up a storied career as a host in a Las Vegas restaurant.

Hungary-Hollywood Express is the first novel in Éric Plamondon’s 1984 trilogy. The second and third volumes, Mayonnaise and Apple S, turn their lens on the poet Richard Brautigan and Apple founder Steve Jobs respectively. Esplanade Books will publish them in 2017 and 2018 translated by novelist Dimitri Nasrallah.

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Dimensions:

164 Pages
7.5in * 5in * 1in
1lb

Published:

September 20, 2016

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Vehicule Press

ISBN:

9781550654509

Book Subjects:

FICTION / General

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Language:

eng

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