By Gore Vidal
Hollywood marks the 5th episode in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire," his celebrated sequence of six ancient novels that shape his prolonged biography of the United States.
It is 1917, and President Woodrow Wilson is ready to steer the rustic into the good battle in Europe. In California, a brand new is born that might irreversibly rework the USA. Caroline Sanford, the eye-catching heroine of Empire, discovers the ability of relocating photographs to control fact as she vaults to monitor stardom lower than the identify of Emma Traxler. simply as Caroline needs to stability her lives--West Coast superstar and East Coast newspaper writer and senator's mistress--so too needs to the US stability its energy facilities: Hollywood and Washington. this is historical past as basically Gore Vidal can re-create it: brimming with intrigue and scandal, peopled via the greats of the silver display and American politics.
"Hollywood shimmers with the appearance of politics and the politics of illusion," wrote the Chicago Sun-Times. "A splendidly literate and constantly amazing paintings of fiction that in actual fact belongs on a shelf with Vidal's best," stated the hot York occasions publication Review.
With a brand new creation by way of the writer.
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Abbiamo detto, l’assemblea nazionale costituente e poi il parlamento della Repubblica tedesca producono una commissione d’inchiesta che lentamente, attraverso un faticoso iter, approda alla conclusione che una prevalente responsabilità tedesca non c’è stata. Questa conclusione risulta conveniente, gradita, confacente all’ala più tradizionalista. L’ala più tradizionalista – dello schieramento politico e culturale tedesco – tende a ridimensionare le responsabilità del proprio paese nello scoppio del conflitto.
Per impedire che la reazione serba raggiungesse immediatamente la Russia con ancora il ministro francese a Pietroburgo. L’ambasciatore Giesl, ben consapevole del senso di questo ritardo – certe volte nella storia il ritardo di un’ora può essere addirittura decisivo – delibera di portare questo ultimatum, o «comunicazione avente un termine di tempo» alle ore 6, alle ore 18 del pomeriggio. Questo per rendere impossibili, evidentemente, dei contatti – sia pure in extremis – a caldo con il ministro Poincaré, ancora a Pietroburgo.
Curioso che si parli così serenamente di piani di guerra elaborati già dal 1905, ma è sintomatico. Ciò vuol dire – cosa che non va mai dimenticata quando si studia questo periodo storico – che la cosiddetta lunga pace era in realtà un lungo prepararsi al conflitto. 1905, abbiamo detto. Il piano tedesco prendeva nome dal capo di stato maggiore dell’epoca, che si chiamava Schlieffen, il «piano Schlieffen». Era stato elaborato in quell’anno, non a caso, perché è l’anno in cui la Russia è particolarmente in difficoltà: la guerra col Giappone è cominciata l’anno prima, 1904, dura ancora, e si complica – per così dire – con la rivoluzione scoppiata a Pietroburgo, la rivoluzione appunto del 1905; quindi è un momento nel quale lo stato maggiore tedesco si pone la questione di approfittare delle difficoltà del grande vicino, ed elabora piani di guerra che possono entrare in funzione anche a distanza di anni.