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By John Rechy

John Rechy, recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s William Whitehead Lifetime success Award, wrote urban of evening in 1963. This radical and bold paintings, which introduced Rechy’s recognition as certainly one of America’s such a lot brave novelists, continues to be the vintage rfile of the garish neon-lit global of hustlers, drag queens, and males at the make who inhabited the gay underground of the early sixties.

When John Rechy's explosive first novel--now a classic--appeared in 1963, it grew to become a countrywide best-seller and ushered in a brand new period of homosexual fiction. daring and creative in his account of the city underworld of male prostitution, Rechy is both unflinching in his portrayal of 1 hustling "youngman" and his look for self-knowledge in the neon-lit international of hustlers, drag queens, and males on all kinds of make. because the narrator strikes from El Paso to occasions sq., from Pershing sq. to the French zone, we get an unforgettable examine lifestyles at the edge

"One of the key books to be released on account that global conflict II."--The Washington Post

"City of evening is a notable book.... Mr. Rechy writes in an genuine jive-like slang: the nightmare life is explored with a readability hardly ever clouded via sentimentality and self-pity. The booklet hence has the unmistakable ring of candor and truth."--The big apple occasions e-book Review

"Rechy's tone earrings completely actual, is de facto his personal, and he has the type of self-discipline which permits him an extraordinary and gorgeous recklessness. tells the reality, and tells it with such ardour that we're compelled to percentage within the existence he conveys. it is a so much humbling and releasing achievement."--James Baldwin

"Probably no first novel is so entire, so good held jointly, and so very important as urban of Night."--The Houston Post

"[City of evening] illuminates, it stirs the center, it really is unforgettable."--Herbert Gold

John Rechy is the recipient of the PEN-USA West's Lifetime fulfillment Award (he used to be the 1st novelist to be offered the prize) and the Publishing Triangle's William Whitehead Lifetime fulfillment Award. he's the writer of 11 different novels, between them Numbers, Rushes, The Sexual Outlaw (all from Grove Press), The incredible Day of Amalia Gomez, and Our girl of Babylon. His latest novel, the arrival of the evening, used to be released by means of Grove Press in 1999. An NEA recipient, he's additionally the writer of numerous performs, essays, and brief tales. John Rechy lives in la.

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Luego dejé de oír esa voz interior. Ése fue el peor momento. Me quedé solo en las concurridas calles. No sé si les pasa a los demás, pero a veces parece que en las tardes de primavera el mundo se vuelve más pesado. Todo se convierte en hormigón y pierde su sentido, como si fuera de hormigón, y me sorprende que la gente que suda asquerosamente pueda continuar con su vida cotidiana. Miran los escaparates, caminan dispersos y me observan desde las ventanillas del autobús. Y el autobús me echa en la cara el humo del tubo de escape, que también está caliente.

Que las formas caracoleadas del cobertor del sofá se dicen hasta el amanecer: «Nosotras nos retorcemos, pero nadie se da cuenta». Que cerca de aquí, siete centímetros por debajo de mis pies o por dentro del techo, extraños gusanos roen lentamente el cemento y el hierro como termitas. Que las tijeras que hay sobre la mesa de repente van a ponerse en movimiento y comenzarán a cortar a todo el que se les ponga por delante como mejor les parezca y porque es lo que desean, pero que la sangrienta tragedia no durará más de quince minutos.

Miran los escaparates, caminan dispersos y me observan desde las ventanillas del autobús. Y el autobús me echa en la cara el humo del tubo de escape, que también está caliente. Echo a correr. Entro en un pasaje. La frescura y la oscuridad del interior me tranquilizan. La gente que hay allí parece más inofensiva, más comprensible. Con todo, me da miedo que me hagan algo malo. Voy mirando las tiendas mientras me encamino al cine. Antes, a los bocadillos de salchicha, es decir a la salchicha, le echaban carne de perro.

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