Highsmith (1921-1995).

100 years after the birth of the American writer Patricia Highsmith, an icon of the black policeman of that country in an unconventional way – its criminals are ordinary people drawn into crime for also ordinary reasons-, The author’s intimate diaries were published in the United States, the result of a meticulous and extensive work by Anna von Planta, who collected, ordered, transcribed and edited more than eight thousand handwritten pages over the years.

The Spanish version will arrive in the spring of 2022 in Europe, it has not yet been reported if the launch will be joint with Latin America. Von Planta worked on 18 newspapers and 38 notebooks where Highsmith also wrote in French, German, Italian and Spanish, without necessarily mastering any of these languages, which made the interpretation work much more sophisticated.

Highsmith (1921-1995) eHe began to write these diaries when he was 20 years old and in them he reflects the tensions that marked his life and a large literary production that crossed the barriers of paper and reached the cinema with successful market adaptations such as “Pulling Mom from the Train”, “The Talented Mr. Replay “and” Strangers on a train “, also translated into Spanish as” Sinister Pact “, whose rights were bought by the king of suspense on celluloid, Alfred Hitchcock.

In those notebooks are accumulated romances, tortuous ties, infidelities, casual sex and many names, nothing different from the great and tortured writer, lesbian, controversial, libertine, with racist leanings, aggressive and terribly lucid that she was.

“He was a bad person, tough, impossible to love and not at all affectionate – his American editor, Otto Penzler, had said – I could never understand how a human being could be so implacably unpleasant. But his books? Brilliant” from Spain.

Although Highsmith’s diary entries describe her as someone with a complexity that gives various twists and depth to a simple intention of cruelty or slander: “My end of the year toast: to all the demons, lusts, passions, ambitions, envies , loves, hates, strange desires, ghostly and real enemies, to the army of memories with which I battle: never leave me alone, “he wrote at dawn on January 1, 1948, at the age of 27.

“Sex, for me, should be a religion. I have no other,” he wrote in an entry on August 7, 1941, still a student at Barnard College, New York. something, and we all need a devotion to something beyond ourselves, outside even of our noblest ambitions “, showing a lucidity and intensity very dissonant with the patriarchal puritanism of the territory where it happened to exist.

Some of the big names in the newspapers are Truman Capote, Dylan Thomas, and Wim Wenders. Those pages also speak of the success of his novels, film adaptations, his nocturnal paths, his love affairs with generally unavailable women, his perception of constant loneliness, and his growing eccentricities. The writing ends in 1995 when he dies in Switzerland of aplastic anemia from lung cancer.

“Sea in the background”, “Imaginary crimes”, “People who knock at the door” and “The cry of the owl” are some of his more than 20 novels. Among his books of stories, about a dozen, are “Beastly crimes”, “Sirens on the golf course”, “Birds about to fly” and “Little misogynistic tales”. The novel “Carol” was written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.

Among the main distinctions he received are the 1946 O. Henry Prize, the 1957 Grand Prize for Police Literature, the 1963 Edgar, the 1964 Gold Dagger, the 1975 Black Humor Prize and the 1990 Order of Arts and Letters.

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