50 Jahre nach Truman Capotes „In Cold Blood“

Der Guardian hat einen sehr sehr guten Artikel über einen der berühmtesten Morde, der eins der berühmtesten Bücher des 20. Jahrhunderts nach sich zog: Truman Capotes „In Cold Blood“. Wer das Buch kennt, wird den Artikel lieben. auch weil er dieselbe seltsame Faszination ausstrahlt, wie das Buch, das in seiner kalten, distanzierten Beschreibung der Fakten eine sehr strange Form der Nähe schafft. Wer das Buch nicht kennt: lesen!

"Four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives." That was how Truman Capote summed up the murders with somewhat greater drama, referring to the four Clutter victims and their two attackers who died later on the gallows. After reading a short newspaper account of the killings, he decided to make the 1,700km journey from his home in New York to Holcomb to chronicle the impact of terrible violence on a small community. The result, six years later, was In Cold Blood. It propelled him to household fame and fortune, and in the process ensured that Holcomb was put on the map, and changed forever, in ways that many of the townspeople did not – and still do not – appreciate.

In Cold Blood, half a century on (via MeFi)

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