RARA-AVIS: Charyn, etc...

From: Steve Novak ( Cinefrog@comcast.net)
Date: 19 May 2006

I know this may not help for English-only readers but in 1980, J�rome Charyn and French crime/noir writer Michel Martens published together (after they had become friends in NY and both being jewish from russian �migr�s) a
�series� in the French newspaper Lib�ration. This series was then published as a small book by Lib� along with interviews of the two friends and with an autobiographical short story by Charyn called �Harvey.� The �feuilleton�
(series) is called �Arnold, le geek de New York� and it is quite mesmerizing and sold me on Charyn as somebody to follow...In �Arnold...� there are many references to the noir cinema of the 30�s and 40�s and to people like Veronika Lake, John Garfield, Victor Mature, James Cagney, that both J�rome and Michel love and in the interview they acknowledge spending entire nights at Michel�s apartment in Paris, watching things like the famous Nightmare Alley that Michel discovered with J�rome in New York or old French films like Le Diable Au Corps or Les Enfants du Paradis. I�m collapsing here a few things from the interview just to say also that Charyn is since quite well know in France and both his publications and his articles on US politics or society in French newspapers and magazines are followed and well publicized.

The notes of the book say that in the early 80�s Charyn published in France the following: Le Ver et le Solitaire (The Worm and the Solitary), then L�Homme Poisson-Chat (The Catfish Man) and Eisenhower, my Eisenhower...and that at that time he had published in New York a book called Darling Bill, about Wild Bill Hickock, just before starting the Isaac series...

Arnold, le geek de New York is almost like a written out BD/graphic novel, with all the noir, all the angles and the grotesque...it is fascinating...but the only version I know is in French...Does anybody know if it made it somewhere in English???

Steve Novak
...le Montois de D�troit

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