Sunday, October 11, 2009

REX STOUT and Louis ADAMIC

REX STOUT and Louis ADAMIC



























REX STOUT and ADAMIC were Friends
And frequent Political Allies.


The Black Mountain (1954) Wolfe's best friend Marko Vukcic is murdered by a Yugoslavian agent who has already made his escape from New York. Wolfe and Archie are therefore obliged to clandestinely go to Yugoslavia in order to avenge his death which means bringing the killer back to American justice.


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Plagued by failing health, he is believed to have shot himself at his residence in Milford, New Jersey. He died at a time of political tension and intrigue in Yugoslavia, and there was press speculation in America that his death might have been an assassination by some Balkan faction, but no definitive proof of this theory has ever surfaced.


According to John McAleer's Edgar Award-winning Rex Stout: A Biography (1977), it was the influence of Adamic that led Rex Stout to make his fictional detective Nero Wolfe a native of Montenegro, in what was then Yugoslavia. (Wolfe's origins were murky in the early novels.) Stout and Adamic were friends and frequent political allies, and Stout expressed uncertainty to McAleer about the circumstances of Adamic's death. In any case, the demise inspired Stout's novel The Black Mountain, in which Nero Wolfe returns to his homeland to hunt down the killers of an old friend. Rex Stout, full name Rex Todhunter Stout, (December 1, 1886 - October 27, 1975) was an American writer best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe. ... Bitter End a?” Carl Mueller illustrated Rex Stouts Nero Wolfe novella for The American Magazine (November 1940) Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective, created by the American mystery writer Rex Stout, who made his debut in 1934. ... The Black Mountain is a Nero Wolfe mystery novel by Rex Stout, first published by Viking Press in 1954. ...

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Louis-Adamic


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蘭と美食とビールをこよなく愛するネロ・ウルフは、ドアの外へ一歩も出ずに事件を解決するニューヨークの名探偵。どんなに金を積まれても動かないウルフ。だが、親友の死が彼の巨体を動かした。飛行機を乗り継ぎヨーロッパへ。ナップザックにチョコレートを詰め込み、アドリア海を渡る。チトー政権下のユーゴスラビアを目指して。 

レックス・トッドハンター・スタウト
(1886~1975)
アメリカの小説家で、〈私立探偵ネロ・ウルフ〉シリーズの生みの親。
英米の探偵小説界では、超一流の作家としてきわめて評価が高く、現在でも非常に人気のある作家、それに比べれば日本では未訳の作品も多く、不遇の作家の一人。

『ザ・ブラック・マウンテン』The Black Mountain (1954)
ネロ・ウルフ (Nero Wolfe)
Tr: 西貝マリ (Mari Nishigai) Pb: しゅえっと(Chouette)
Co : 西貝マリ (Mari Nishigai) 1998/10/1
ISBN4-9980653-0-0



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1 comment:

Blair said...

This is a fascinating and helpful site. I only wish more of it were in English, since I don't know Japanese.
I am working on a book about my Slovenian American heritage, including a family connection to Louis Adamic. (My grandmother, born Mary Adamic, was said to have been a cousin. I am trying to track down the connection.)

Thank you for the work you are doing.

Blair Kilpatrick
California, USA