RARA-AVIS: Manchette

From: Domenic ( mystery.robot@pacbell.net)
Date: 04 Nov 2005

Is the Prone Gunmen a political work?

Well, the main character is a working class guy who signs on as a CIA-sponsored assassin in order to win back his childhood sweetheart: the drunken daughter of a wealthy industrialist.

I don't see how a plot with these elements can fail to have political connotations...

The way in which the narrative is put together, though, is extremely clever, in how it disallows introspection--and thus eliminates the overt discussion of political ideas.

And so Manchette's political landscape becomes a place devoid of intellect--an arena for the pursuit of brute passions that are never satisfied.

The main character's name is Terrier--like the dog--and given what happens to him at the end, it's hard to see him as anything other than a pawn of the larger forces around him.

In many ways, the allegory is rather blunt. But because Manchette's narrative is so stark, it is easy to miss--and he also complicates things by refusing to put a good guy on the scene, thus suggesting, I suppose that there aren't any good guys.

On the right... Or the left...

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