Madison - la protagonista di queste pagine - ha tredici anni ed è una ragazzina come tante. Be' insomma, più o meno... Figlia di una star del cinema parecchio narcisista e di un miliardario, viene, tra le altre cose, dimenticata per le vacanze di Natale nel suo collegio di iperlusso in Svizzera dai genitori, in giro per il mondo a caccia di orfani da adottare davanti ai media. Durante una notte degli Oscar, Madison riesce nella non facile impresa di morire per una overdose di marijuana, e all'improvviso si trova ...
Madison - la protagonista di queste pagine - ha tredici anni ed è una ragazzina come tante. Be' insomma, più o meno... Figlia di una star del cinema parecchio narcisista e di un miliardario, viene, tra le altre cose, dimenticata per le vacanze di Natale nel suo collegio di iperlusso in Svizzera dai genitori, in giro per il mondo a caccia di orfani da adottare davanti ai media. Durante una notte degli Oscar, Madison riesce nella non facile impresa di morire per una overdose di marijuana, e all'improvviso si trova in una situazione assolutamente diversa da quella della maggioranza delle sue coetanee. Per dirla tutta, Madison non solo scopre di essere morta, ma per giunta di essere finita all'inferno, con la non esaltante prospettiva di dover trascorrere un bel po' di tempo (a occhio e croce l'eternità) tra le fiamme e quei tormenti che lo hanno reso tristemente famoso. Insomma, è innegabile che sia difficile pensare positivo, ma Madison è una ragazza pratica e cerca da subito di rendere meno terribili le sue prospettive: prima di tutto deve farsi degli amici, poi deve scoprire come funzionano le cose all'inferno. Infine (e questo è un obiettivo mica da ridere), deve cercare di farselo piacere. In poco tempo diventa amica di un gruppetto di coetanei: una cheerleader, un secchione, un punkrocker e un giocatore di football, e con loro attraverserà il Deserto di forfora e valicherà Colline di unghie tagliate, per arrivare alla città fortificata dove vive Satana...
With a disturbing but mordantly funny body of work that began with 1996's Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk has become a cult author who regularly attracts both the interest of Hollywood and the bewilderment of readers who have never seen writing so fearless, modern, and smart.
Readers of Chuck Palahniuk's novels must gird themselves for the bizarre, the violent, the macabre, and the just plain disturbing. Having done that, they can then just enjoy the ride.
The story goes that Palahniuk wrote Fight Club out of frustration. Believing that his first submission to publishers (an early version of Invisible Monsters) was being rejected as too risky, he decided to take the gloves off, so to speak, and wrote something he never expected to see the light of day. Ironically, Fight Club was accepted for publication, and its subsequent filming by directory David Fincher earned the author an obsessive cult following.
The apocalyptic, blackly humorous story of a loner's entanglement with a charismatic but dangerous underground leader, Fight Club was the first in a series of controversial fiction that would keep Palahniuk in the spotlight. Since then, he has crafted strange, disturbing tales around unlikely subjects: a disfigured model bent on revenge (the revised Invisible Monsters) ... the last surviving member of a death cult (Survivor) ... a sex addict who resorts to a bizarre restaurant scam to pay the bills (Choke) ... a lethal African nursery rhyme (Lullaby) ... and so the list continues.
Although Palahniuk makes occasional forays into nonfiction, (e.g., Fugitives and Refugees and Stranger than Fiction), it is his novels that generate the most buzz. His outré plots and jump-cut storytelling are definitely not for everyonesome have likened them to the horrible accident you can't tear your eyes away frombut even critics can't help but be impressed by his flair for language, his talent for satire, and his sheer originality. Newsday wrote, "Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humor, DeLillo's mordant social analysis, and Pynchon's antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumb's?) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own."
Palahniuk has said that he has heard a lot from readers who were never readers before they saw his books, from boys in schools where his books are banned. This might be the best evidence that Palahniuk is a writer for a new age, introducing a (mostly male) audience to worlds on the page that usually only exist in technicolor nightmares.
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Palahniuk (pronounced paul-a-nik) worked as a diesel mechanic for a trucking company before he became an author, jotting story notes for The Fight Club under trucks he was supposed to be working on.
Palahniuk's family has had a sad history of violence: His grandfather killed his grandmother and then committed suicide; later in life, his divorced father was murdered in 1999 by a girlfriend's ex-husband. The killer was convicted and sentenced to death in October, 2001. Palahniuk's book, Choke, was driven by an attempt to look at how sexual compulsion can destroy (see essay below for more).
When not working on his novels, Palahniuk has written features for Gear magazine, through which he befriended shock rocker Marilyn Manson; and is reportedly working on a script of the Katie Arnoldi novel Chemical Pink for Fight Club director David Fincher.
While writing, Palahniuk has said he listens to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Radiohead.
To a reader who asked in a Barnes & Noble.com chat why the novel Invisible Monsters was not released in hardcover, Palahniuk responded: "My original request was not to have any of my books released as hardcovers b/c I felt guilty asking for over $20 for anything I had done. With Invisible Monsters I finally got my way."
Invisible Monsters was inspired by fashion magazines Palahniuk was reading at his laundromat, according to an interview with The Village Voice. "I love the language of fashion magazines. Eighteen adjectives and you find the word sweater at the end. 'Ethereal. Sacred.' I thought, Wouldn't it be fun to write a novel in this fashion magazine language, so packed with hyperbole?"