Running Dog

Running Dog A wild chase for Nazi pornography forms the basis of this gritty thriller a damning critique of our compulsive desire for acquisition Moll Robbins is a journalist in a rut But she gets wind of a very

  • Title: Running Dog
  • Author: Don DeLillo
  • ISBN: 9780330524889
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • A wild chase for Nazi pornography forms the basis of this gritty thriller a damning critique of our compulsive desire for acquisition.Moll Robbins is a journalist in a rut But she gets wind of a very exciting story it concerns a small piece of celluloid, a pornographic film purportedly shot in a bunker in the climactic days of Berlin s fall with Hitler as its star OnA wild chase for Nazi pornography forms the basis of this gritty thriller a damning critique of our compulsive desire for acquisition.Moll Robbins is a journalist in a rut But she gets wind of a very exciting story it concerns a small piece of celluloid, a pornographic film purportedly shot in a bunker in the climactic days of Berlin s fall with Hitler as its star One person claims to have access to this unique piece of Naziana inevitably, than one want it Unfortunately for Moll, in the black market world of erotica, the currency is blackmail, torture and corruption and no price is too high.As the paranoia builds and the combatants lose sight of their motives, their souls, even the object itself, DeLillo reveals the terrible truth behind our acquisitiveness This is a romantic novel in the gritty, precisionist, enigmatic modern mode a full pleasure to read New Yorker

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    1. Looking down at Krok's comment (comment number 1 and the only comment as I write these words), I have to agree. Maybe not with the ultimate ranking of DeLillo novels, but this is a remarkably under-appreciated work. I doubt anyone has been paying attention, but I've been on a very slow and only periodically remembered task to read all of the DeLillo novels leading up to Underworld with the rough theory that Infinite Jest is a response or homage or a something to the pre-Underworld DeLillo. I mea [...]

    2. The Graye ReportAn investigation has been conducted pursuant to your request and authorisation concerning "Running Dog", a novel written by the American author Don DeLillo, in order to ascertain the literary and other merits of the novel. The results of my investigation are set forth below under headings designed to facilitate your perusal and analysis.This report is made available to you at your express request, as you have employed me for that purpose. It is a privileged and confidential commu [...]

    3. Don Delillo - fotografia de Isaac Hernández“Cão em Fuga” (1978) é o sexto romance do escritor norte-americano Don Delillo (n. 1936) – no original “Running Dog” não é mais do que o nome de uma revista.Don Delillo inicia “Cão em Fuga” com uma frase emblemática - “Aqui não vais encontrar gente comum.” – e com um assassinato. Na primeira parte – “Arte Erótica Cósmica” - encontramos Lightborne, um decadente negociante de arte nova-iorquino, com uma galeria denomina [...]

    4. This 1978 postmodernist novel emulates a spy thriller. It has a breezy delivery with a great set of mysterious and colorful characters. I liked its stylish and ironic presentation, but all the suspense and action boils down to a shaggy dog story, which I personally don’t favor. Others may appreciate better the little absurdities in the nefarious machinations of the secret power brokers behind the U.S. government and corporations, but in the light of the Iran-Contra scandal of the 80’s the pl [...]

    5. This strikes me as an important and often-overlooked book in the chain of early DeLillo's events, and indeed a necessary stop for anyone curious as to how he got from Americana to White Noise. DeLillo's early novels, particularly the trio of End Zone, Great Jones Street and Ratner's Star, feature these long stretches where DeLillo wanders away from his plots (never the tightest in the world even at his peak, not like it's a big deal (I almost typed "beak deal." I'm a silly person) or anything) a [...]

    6. Alla ricerca del film porno (del Führer ) perdutoPiù che una ricerca è una vera e propria caccia , e parecchio movimentata anche , che ritmo ! segreti ,giochi di potere , realtà inverosimili e apparenze plausibili , inseguimenti , spari ,coltelli , corpo a corpo dialoghi vivaci e serrati , intriganti e che personaggi !su tutti Glen , cane che correil suo nome indiano con i suoi freddi occhi grigi, quella strana aura pallida, quel senso di implacabilità . Era quasi una forma di talento, quel [...]

    7. "qual è il tuo nome indiano? Cane che corre"una pellicola che pare sia stata girata nel bunker più famoso della Seconda Guerra mondiale, un mercante d'arte erotica, un agente segreto, vietcong, mafiosi, giornaliste avvenenti e politici assatanatiun funerale tibetano.e ;-)la storia è serrata e il racconto avvincente, Delillo ci mette un pizzico di paranoia governativa, che all'epoca in cui scriveva era senza dubbio più motivata di oggi, e i personaggi sono talmente ben delineati che si riesce [...]

    8. Guernica: Do you have any favorite genre writers or books?Don DeLillo: I don’t really read much of that. I don’t read detective work and I am afraid I don’t read graphic novels.Guernica: That’s interesting, because your books often make little feints in that direction. I’m thinking about, for instance, the shooting at the end of White Noise.Don DeLillo: That was intentional. If I can recall my design accurately, it was to reduce the idea of death to a tabloid level. Running Dog, I thin [...]

    9. Running Dog is your typical contemporary thriller. It does not concentrate on postmodernism, stream of consciousness, or existentialism. It rather follows a journalist (what better to develop a thriller?) who seeks to uncover a mystery, and she did not expect to find what she found. I'm not sure I appreciate how Hitler was portrayed in this, but I liked the message behind it. History is True

    10. Even by DeLillo standards, Running Dog is a strange beast. A radical journalist investigates rumors of a pornographic movie featuring Adolf Hitler, which leads her into a tangle of corrupt politicians and smut peddlers, government officials and Vietnamese death squads. Structurally it's much more conventional than your average DeLillo work, resembling the paranoid thrillers so popular in the mid-'70s, but at service of an utterly weird plot whose strands don't entirely coalesce. Ultimately it fa [...]

    11. An early DeLillo novel I've never even heard anybody mention, and I get into every conversation I can about DeLillo, as I think DeLillo is one of the very finest writers in the English language. DeLillo explores many of his usual themes here, most prominently themes of image, the gaze, and power. Running Dog reads more like a thriller than anything else DeLillo's written, and the prose, while it feels like DeLillo's writing, only occasionally approaches the ineffable and peculiar rhythm of much [...]

    12. I had no idea Don DeLillo wrote a novel meant to be turned into a Coen brothers movie. There's a good deal of snarky, dark and black humor. The plot revolves around a whole number of people trying to get a hold of an old film reel that is purported to be of a sex orgy in the bunker in the last days of the third Reich. Maybe even Hitler's in it. Having read a number of DeLillo's work there's a lot of the same kind of stuff. There's the usual DeLillean talk that all seems to revolve around it's ow [...]

    13. It's hard to follow the plot of this novel, or to remember how the different characters - most of them unpleasant - relate to each other. After finishing the book today I noticed how the strands seemed to have been drawn together (including a predictable plot twist at the end), and I suppose I could have gone back and read it again, this time following the story with more understanding of what was going on. But life is too short, and this novel isn't worth the effort. In its favour, it creates a [...]

    14. I dig the hell out of this book. And why not? A strong female protagonist (with great legs!), espionage, erotic antiques, and a mystery centered around a sex tape made in the Führerbunker during the last days of WWII. DeLillo's dialogue is modern and snappy as always. His images are spot-on. His pacing is tight. Toward the end, the narrative shifts focus from character to character, giving only a few paragraphs to each. It's exciting and appropriately climactic. The reveal of the Führerbunker [...]

    15. I've heard him acting like he made a stunning turn in his literary life after the 80s began, after The Names was released, but damn, DeLillo's good anytime he's writing. Everything he's written is my favorite. I was like "where do I stack this alongside or against his other work?" and then thought about it and put it right there, in the middle, with the rest.

    16. The art-world/spy-thriller vibe reminded me uncannily of William Gibson's "Spook Country," minus Gibson's tech obsession. Even so, there was a nice timeless/futuristic feeling to DeLillo's spare paranoia.

    17. Perhaps not among his greatest work, but still a great read. He's ramping up to White Noise and The Names.

    18. The following review has been copied from behnamriahi.tumblrRunning Dog, written by Don DeLillo and published by Alfred A. Knopf, is a third-person novel following several points-of-view, most notably journalist Moll Robbins and secret agent Glen Selvy. When an art dealer comes upon an erotic film made in Hitler’s bunker, everyone wants to get their hands on it—senators, pornographers, transvestites, and even one crazed Vietnam vet. Only no one has seen the film and it exists in rumor alone. [...]

    19. I enjoyed reading Running Dog, though not sure I fully understand what happened. Story focuses on the acquisition of a possibly pornographic film of the last days in Hitler's bunker. Senator, CIA, PAC/ORD (secret organization) and a host of others are interested in the film. Starts with a murder of the person who possibly has access to the film. Definitely kept my interest.Published in 1978, felt modern on some fronts and somewhat dated on others."Too much software, hardware, so on. Technology.D [...]

    20. поки найслабший Делілло для мене. хаос подій і персонажів. починається з таємниці, а завершується змовою. світ мистецтва як бізнесу (галерія Лайтборна), де секс - це теж великий бізнес, проте це радше беззмістовний конспірологічний квест. веремія непорозумінь. Running Dog як Rolling [...]

    21. "Running Dog" is the name of a magazine. It started out covering radical topics and genuine revolutionaries. Now, it's little more than a style rag, a TMZ for the '70s. It's probably supposed to be based on "Rolling Stone." It makes it first appearance in a Delillo book in "Great Jones Street," when a reporter comes out to interview Bucky Wunderlick, revolutionary rock icon in exile. Delillo clearly felt the idea was too good not to expand on, so the paper gets top billing in his six novel.Moll [...]

    22. It's no "White Noise" or "Underworld," but this is still a pretty good early novel by DeLillo, more or less a literary thriller.

    23. Since I'm reading all of his books chronologically, I was half afraid this book would descend into Americana levels of hell and it didn't. Good job? I guess?

    24. The 1970s of Don DeLillo's Running Dog are the paranoid 1970s of The Conversation and All the President's Men, Gravity's Rainbow and The Illuminatus! Trilogy: dangerous individuals working for shadowy government and/or corporate organizations operate outside the law, with their own objectives and motivations. Have something they want? You're dead.That's pretty much how Running Dog begins, with the murder of the owner of a film canister rumored to contain footage of an orgy in Hitler's bunker, ci [...]

    25. Like Don, I believe in words. In other people's literature I've learned to realize the terror of the nameless, but in Don's, I appreciate the power of a name and the poetry most of all. Whether it's language/religion, technology/surveillance or business/violence, the links that are made in Running Dog and all of his books are powerful, sometimes straying close to crypto-babble but always bearing a semblance of a truth that permeates the easily comprehensible layers of the everyday, to see into t [...]

    26. The amazing thing: this book was apparently written in four months. That's damn impressive. It's a "yeah, but" response to my overall unfavorable opinion of this book.Running Dog is populated by extremely wooden characters who seem keenly attuned to the fact that they have been written into a noir thriller. At the core of this noir thriller is an object shrouded in conspiracy. The point of the thriller is not so much in the object but in the object's acquisition: an apt sort of premonition of th [...]

    27. DeLillo is clearly building towards something. In Players there were places it failed, but it most assuredly succeeded in its plot deconstruction, it's whittling of characters to nondescript images on a film. In Running Dog, DeLillo deconstructs the spy thriller and I'd say that it's within this book that he really starts getting comfortable in his shoes. Again I get those eerie signals that appear later in his more famous works. Characters work to possess a supposed pornographic movie filmed wi [...]

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