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Book Title: Blaze|
The author of the book: Richard Bachman
Edition: Plaza & Janes
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Date of issue: November 2008
ISBN 13: 9789506441517
Format files: PDF
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En el año 1973 un señor llamado Richard Bachman utilizó una máquina Olivetti para escribir Blaze. Justo después le entregó esta máquina a Stephen King, que escribió Carrie con ella. Bachman murió en 1985 (de un cáncer de seudónimo), pero hacia el final de 2006 King encontró el manuscrito original de Blaze entre los papeles que había donado a la biblioteca Folger de la Universidad de Maine (¿cómo había llegado hasta allí?) y decidió que, después de una ligera revisión, se podría publicar. Blaze es la historia de Clayton Blaisdell Junior y de los crímenes cometidos por él y contra él, incluido el último de su vida: el secuestro de un bebé heredero de una gran fortuna. Desde su infancia, cuando su padre lo tiró por las escaleras, Blaze ha sido mentalmente limitado. De adolescente se escapó de un orfanato horrendo para juntarse con su amigo George, delincuente experimentado que cree que lo sabe todo. Pero George muere y Blaze se encuentra totalmente solo, aunque siente que el espíritu de su amigo lo acompaña siempre. Blaze es uno de los delincuentes más simpáticos de toda la historia y la novela, basada en un tema tan clásico, sorprende por su fuerza y su sentido trágico.
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Read information about the authorThis is a Stephen King pseudonym.
At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.
In his introduction to The Bachman Books, King states that adopting the nom de plume Bachman was also an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck. He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to "load the dice against" Bachman. King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the "talent versus luck" question, as he felt he was outed as Bachman too early to know. The Bachman book Thinner (1984) sold 28,000 copies during its initial run—and then ten times as many when it was revealed that Bachman was, in fact, King.
The pseudonym King originally selected (Gus Pillsbury) is King's maternal grandfather's name, but at the last moment King changed it to Richard Bachman. Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E. Westlake's long-running pseudonym Richard Stark. (The surname Stark was later used in King's novel The Dark Half, in which an author's malevolent pseudonym, "George Stark", comes to life.) Bachman was inspired by Bachman–Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.
King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the "about the author" blurbs in the early novels. Known "facts" about Bachman were that he was born in New York, served a four-year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marine. Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium-sized dairy farm, writing at night. His fifth novel was dedicated to his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, who also received credit for the bogus author photo on the book jacket. Other "facts" about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman's publishers: the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King-ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned. In 1982, a brain tumour was discovered near the base of Bachman's brain; tricky surgery removed it. After Bachman's true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches (and about the author blurbs) revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of "cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia".
King dedicated Bachman's early books—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), and The Running Man (1982)—to people close to him. The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D.C. bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, noted similarities between the writing styles of King and Bachman. Brown located publisher's records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. Brown wrote to King's publishers with a copy of the documents he had uncovered, and asked them what to do. Two weeks later, King telephoned Brown personally and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed. King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985. The introduction, titled "Why I Was Bachman," details the whole Bachman/King story.
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