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By Jay McInerney

Combining the lyrical statement of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney offers us a singular that's stunningly finished and profoundly affecting. 

As he maps the fault traces spreading throughout the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly formidable scheme to grab keep an eye on of the publishing residence at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for brand spanking new York within the Nineteen Eighties. From the literary chimeras and company raiders to these dispossessed by way of the pandemonium of cash and tool, Brightness Falls captures a rash period at its second of reckoning and offers fact again to a time that now turns out decidedly unreal.

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Iba a saltar sobre esta condenada potranca sábelotodo, que se permitía relinchar contra la Biblia Americana, para acabar allí con sus provocaciones. Tuvo que supercontrolarse para no dar rienda suelta a estos impulsos que una de las mejores tradiciones americanas imputaba a los espíritus animales. En cambio cogió, impensadamente, uno de los frutos que le ofrecía la serpiente, significando con este gesto bíblico que cedería a la invencible concupiscencia en cualquier momento, obsedido por la necesidad de escapar al relati­ vismo ambiente, aun a riesgo de remontarse a los orígenes de toda ciencia.

Juana reprimió un nuevo gesto de desagrado al percibir, tan de cerca, el temblor de ese pequeño esqueleto lleno de rencor y de furia impotente. Había observado ya cómo la fealdad natural de estos aborígenes parecía acentuarse no bien se reunían, aunque fuera en grupos pequeños, particularmente cuando lo hacían obedeciendo a una comunidad de intereses. Pero ahora le pareció que esa fealdad, encuadrada aun en el marco de la legalidad burguesa pero excitada ya por la impotencia del mismo para contenerla, lo rebalsaba, confundiéndose allí, en el templo mismo de la justicia, con la amenazante promesa de una profanación.

Y bien, mi querido superhéroe. ¿Se encuentra usted a gusto entre nosotros? 28 La pregunta concreta se escudaba en un elevado plano de generalización. Batman prefirió restituirla a su más am­ plio contexto, mientras, inconscientemente, se sacaba sus guantes atiburonados, arrojándolos al pie de la cama. —Usted lo sabe muy bien, señorita Sommers. Sus amigos no me ayudan a que los ayude en la forma deseada. — ¿Deseada por quién? —preguntó ella a quemarropa. Pero las dudas de Batman no afectaban para nada a sus principios.

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