Writer and journalist Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of Vanities — great novel about new York — has died on Tuesday at 87 years, according to various American media. Wolfe, who was born in Richmond (Virginia, USA) in 1931, is considered one of parents of new journalism, a journalistic current that told reality from richness of literature, with narrative techniques typical of fiction, but always respecting Rigour of facts.More information
- "I'm sorry I wasn't more petty with Norman Mailer."
- The same bonfire, same vanities
Wolfe, author also of all A man, was a devotee of realism, who cultivated in three Pharaonic novels which exceeded 600 pages. For writer and journalist, re were four basic premises to make a realistic story more vivid: "To build text scene to scene like in a novel; Use as much dialogue as possible; Focus on details to define characters and adopt a point of view to relate story. "
Famous since 1960s for his impeccable three-piece suits and starched white collar shirts, Wolfe had countless anecdotes of some of his famous stories, such as portrait of Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali. "I shared five days with him and answered everything, nothing. The difference was made by details: conversations of his Court of Companions, flatterers, night he disappeared from a nightclub and left us with a sidereal account to pay... ".
Asked in an interview with this diary in 2014 about negative effects that new journalism had on profession, Wolfe said: "The abuse of first person of singular. A flaw that I have committed myself. My first text, flirty, aerodynamic rocanrolcolor caramel [Tusquets], about automotive culture in California, I started writing: ' The first time I saw custom cars... '. Unless you're a part of plot, I think it's a mistake to write first person. "
Wolfe's best-known work is perhaps bonfire of vanities, which is still considered great novel of New York. It went on sale in fall of 1987, Year of Black Monday Wall Street, time when homicides were counted for thousands, disco Studio 54 lived its decline and Donald Trump, and owner of his tower of Fifth Avenue , he was building his casino empire in Atlantic City. Tom Wolfe's fictional debut narrated story of McCoy, a young and winning bond salesman who one night loses with his mistress in South Bronx, run over a Negro and flee. From re, he begins his free fall and, in parallel to it, Wolfe portrays entire underworld of city. The book sat down, reveled on black and white clichés and mocked everything: racial tension, money and political misery. "Tom Wolfe leaves no prisoners in his comedy," said critics of New York Times, written by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt.
30 years later, a prototypical character of bonfire like Trump, has become president of United States and Bronx, that old jungle, is recommended in a guide of Times.