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@Read E-pub ì La Madone des Sleepings ⚜ , Libro clave para entender la Europa de entreguerras y extrapolable a la situaci n pol tica actual Muchos nos quejamos de que la izquierda ha abandonado las reivindicaciones de la clase obrera Uno de los personajes de la obra describe a un revolucionario que no ha manejado nunca ni una hoz ni un martillo Envuelta de humor, frivolidad y espionaje, esta obra describe el desencanto de una poca a la que acechaba peligrosamente el fascismo. When looking over at to find books that were made into movies I have seen over the years, I was introduced to Maurice Dekobra s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars I was looking for the book based on Hitchcock s movie Foreign Correspondent thought I had found the book but it was modern author Alan Furst s novel by the same name The book based on the movie was Personal History by Vincent Sheean which is not available in Kindle format Furst had touted Dekobra s novel it being a best seller of it time 1925 , it sound like an interesting read His female characters exhibit a strength dominance Dekobra was a Frenchman who was a journalist as well as a novelist What I find enthralling is reading a book about Germany s Weimar Republic 1919 1933 pre Adolf Hitler Stalin s Russia Communist Russia through the eyes of someone living in those times Where the Reichsmark was necessary due to Germany s inflation, ladies of the evening debauchery were on the rise This story is about Lady Diana Wynham The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars a free spirited widow her quest to drill for oil on her bequeathed property in the USSR Caucasus With the help of her secretary scandal ridden Prince Gerald Seliman, Lady Diana devise a plan if it does not succeed she is ruined While in Germany they come to talk to the Communist leader in Berlin, Leonid Varichkine his female associate This is a different kind of spy thriller were personal vendetta is the game death are at high stakes The Soviet system is seen for the horror it was for anyone that the is in its grasp that is targeted Excerpts About the author The publication of The Maddona of the Sleeping Cars in 1925 was an international success the book was translated into thirty languages and sold million of copies It was banned in Boston and the New York Times dubbed him the biggest seller of any living French writer or dead one either He nodded For eight years that same charming Madam Mouravieff has been Varichkine s official mistress She inspires him She directs him She terrorizes him Ah, my dear boy, that Irina Mouravieff is an extraordinary woman She is one of those enlightened individuals who can conceive of human happiness by the way of machine gun bullets and who sends the people who contradict her to do a little bit of uninterrupted meditation in the ice fields of Solovki Only the thick headed logicians are astonished to find that there is an elite society in a country where everything is equal But I must say that there are very few in the party to which I have the honor to belong You can count them on the fingers of one hand Most assuredly And as anyone who is accused of counter revolution, even if there is no proof, is automatically condemned to death, those innocent people end up in the dungeons of the Loubianka But all that is of no importance for it is better to shoot ten innocent people than to let one dangerous agitator escape Do you really believe that tyrants are born into the world just like musicians or taxpayers After all, what does the cruelty of tyrants signify It is but a manifestation of the instinct of self preservation, nothing nor less A harmless piece of flesh and bone, forced by destiny to command a million individuals who hate him, is bound to be a perfect Caligua Just a man cursed with an education, valueless to the new regime, a superfluous being who has been conquered in the unfair battle between brute force and brain power My next read Colette s The Vagabond Un r pido vistazo a las primeras p ginas de La Madona de los coches cama aporta pruebas m s que suficientes para entender la demoledora repercusi n que obtuvo este libro en el momento de su nacimiento Al fin y al cabo, no todas las novelas abren con su desinhibida protagonista procurando alcanzar el orgasmo en la consulta de un estupefacto psiquiatra Publicada originalmente en 1925, y despu s de convertirse en un imbatible bestseller que report a su autor popularidad a nivel internacional, la desternillante obra de Maurice Dekobra Par s, 1885 ha permanecido agazapada en un discreto tercer o cuarto plano hasta que Impedimenta ha decidido, con muy buen criterio, rescatarla del olvido La Madona de los coches cama es, sin ning n g nero de duda, una de las novelas m s hilarantes y descaradas que he le do en mucho tiempo Su protagonista, lady Diana Wynham, es una despampanante arist crata escocesa viuda de un diplom tico que hizo fortuna en el negocio del petr leo cuya mayor satisfacci n consiste en escandalizar a la sociedad de su poca y protagonizar todo tipo de pervertidas habladur as Consciente de su incomparable atractivo er tico, Diana abraza su sexualidad con una naturalidad sin precedentes, brincando de cama en cama y dilapidando sin miramientos el remanente de su menguante patrimonio A su lado permanece, a modo de leal mandatario, el pr ncipe G rard S liman, un caballero e infalible seductor que vela por el bienestar de Diana de manera, por incre ble que parezca, totalmente altruista Obligado a escapar de Estados Unidos tras conocerse que manten a una relaci n ad ltera con sus propia hijastra, S liman se dedica ahora a beber los vientos por lady Wynham, a la que no se atreve a conquistar por temor a corromper los nobles t rminos de su relaci n laboral Sabedora de su precaria y desesperada situaci n financiera, lady Wynham urde un descabellado plan para adquirir un campo de pozos petrol feros propiedad de su difunto marido que yace ahora en poder de los bolcheviques sovi ticos Junto al inseparable S liman, ambos se embarcar n en una descacharrante aventura por media Europa, plagada de esp as, revolucionarios sin escr pulos y amantes despechadas.A trav s de un estilo pomposo y exacerbado que casa tremendamente bien con el tono de la novela, Maurice Dekobra elabora en La Madona de los coches cama una historia tan fascinante como impredecible en la que se percibe, bajo ese pretendido humor desenfadado, el escepticismo ideol gico del autor ante el surgimiento de la imparable maquinaria comunista Dekobra reflexiona sobre totalitarismos y diferencias de clase con la socarroner a que le caracteriza, pero sin perder ni un pice de contundencia La frivolidad recalcitrante de Lady Wynham, as como el romanticismo indiscriminado de S liman, vertebran la vertiente c mica de una novela que no da la espalda a los episodios m s truculentos del per odo de entreguerras Concisa, certera y sin ramificaciones innecesarias, esta sensacional novela de Maurice Dekobra evidencia un magistral manejo del hilo narrativo, as como del suspense que lo mantiene vivo desde su planteamiento hasta su fren tica conclusi n. 3 1 2Amazing to think that this was a best seller in its day, if only because it does not seem to fit into any one genre To me it is a blend of light hearted escapades of the very British and very rich ala Jeeves and Wooster international espionage with sex ala James Bond critique of Communism ala Orwell the plight of the woman who depends on men for wealth ala Edith Wharton Our narrator is a suave Frenchman with a heart of gold Like James Bond, he loves women and does well with them unlike James Bond, he is a human with feelings and also respects women as people than he desires bedding them Given the current political news, it was very peculiar to read a book set in the mid 1920s having a plot centered on Russia, corruption, and oil, and even peculiar to be rooting for the obscenely rich noble main characters The book is good read, that was equal parts frothy and dark I enjoyed it.Also, the main author changed his name to DeKobra because he really liked cobras, so that s pretty badass.