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The Dead All Have The Same Skin (1947)

by Boris Vian

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Videur dans une boîte de nuit, Dan ne vit que pour Sheila, sa femme, et l'enfant qu'il a eu avec elle. Un enfant que la société acceptera parce que sa peau est blanche. Dan, lui, est noir, d'ori-gine, sinon de peau... Toute son existence repose sur ce secret. L'irruption de Richard, son frère, qui menace de tout révéler, en même temps que sa subite attirance pour une prostituée noire, vont bouleverser la vie de Dan. Lui qui, non sans remords, a tant voulu être un Blanc, ne serait-il au fond de lui-même qu'un « nègre » ? Boris Vian - alias Vernon Sullivan - nous donne ici, à la manière de Chandler ou Hadley Chase, bien plus qu'une dénonciation du racisme. Ces pages qui firent scandale, où la violence et l'éro-tisme se donnent libre cours, nous conduisent au plus profond de la folie d'un être qui ne se recon-naît plus, que la pression sociale a irrémédiable-ment dissocié de lui-même. Une sorte d'explosion intérieure qui le poussera au meurtre...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0966234650, Paperback)

TamTam Books is proud (as usual) to announce the publication of Vernon Sullivan’s (or better known as Boris Vian) masterpiece of noir-gone berserk – The Dead All Have The Same Skin (Les Morts ont tous la Meme Peau).

Written one year after the controversial (putting it mildly), I Spit on Your Graves, you think Vian would have known better. But no, he decided to do another violent shocker that is ripped out of today's headlines. This surreal masterpiece of dark writing is about Daniel Parker, a bouncer in a hell-hole somewhere in New York City (Vian, a French man had never been to the States) who is blackmailed by his long lost brother who is black and threatens him to tell the truth about his brother's racial blood. Parker is not going to take that. His life, by that admission, becomes a tipsy topsey, one-way ticket to hell.

If that is not enough it also includes a short story by Vian "Dogs, Desire, and Death," which is an erotic tale of a bad girl, a helpless driver, and the need for destruction and sexual release. And no, not even that is not enough; we have a small essay or more like a rant by Vian regarding the history of his first controversial shocker I Spit on Your Graves. And not only that, but also a thoughtful and informative introduction by Marc Lapprand.

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