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The author of the book: Donald E. Westlake
Edition: Mysterious Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9780445403444
Format files: PDF
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Poor Italian translator, trying to find a possible substitute/translation of Kunt (no umlaut here, sorry Henry)! Because, you know, if you tell someone that they are 'female external genitalia' in Italian you are paying them a compliment (albeit a vulgar one), it's like telling them they are cool and goodlooking!
So we have Henry Vomitt, bad enough but not so bad, in my opinion, because it's maybe more disgusting but it's not taboo or vulgar at all.
The title of the Italian translation is also quite bad, because it gives the end away and it doesn't make much sense until you read the last chapter.
BTW: I have read this book translated into Czech too and there was no problem there, kunt being close enough to 'kunda', which means the same and it's possibly even more taboo.
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Read information about the authorDonald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented authors of American crime fiction. He began his career in the late 1950's, churning out novels for pulp houses—often writing as many as four novels a year under various pseudonyms such as Richard Stark—but soon began publishing under his own name. His most well-known characters were John Dortmunder, an unlucky thief, and a ruthless criminal named Parker. His writing earned him three Edgar Awards: the 1968 Best Novel award for God Save the Mark; the 1990 Best Short Story award for "Too Many Crooks"; and the 1991 Best Motion Picture Screenplay award for The Grifters. In addition, Westlake also earned a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.
Westlake's cinematic prose and brisk dialogue made his novels attractive to Hollywood, and several motion pictures were made from his books, with stars such as Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson. Westlake wrote several screenplays himself, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of The Grifters, Jim Thompson's noir classic.
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