By Michael Korda
From global leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's so much eccentric writers, the awesome and infamous alike have entrusted their life's paintings to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. during this masterful memoir, Korda finds the unforgettable solid of characters and outrageous anecdotes in the back of 4 a long time of blockbuster publishing, bringing us face-to-face with dozens of larger-than-life figures: Richard Nixon, who maintained his "presidential" character lengthy after his public existence was once over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography mirrored a lifestyles she might have beloved to have lived yet didn't; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do whatever to maintain from being killed via the reviewers.
And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a shiny photograph of publishing's glitterati, together with Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing apartment, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable Who's Who of level, monitor, and letters, Another Life is the deft interweaving of publishing at it such a lot fascinating--and storytelling at its most interesting.
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I expected the physical pain to hit when I was at rest, and I prepared myself for the onset of my mental torment. But I already knew that I had the ability to free myself from hatred, and I viewed this as my most significant conquest. I arrived back at the cage and decided to isolate myself, to hide my emotions. Clara was sitting facing the wall with her back to me, by a wooden board that served as a table. She turned around. I found her expression disconcerting, I sensed a surge of satisfaction, which hurt me.
When I finally managed to sit up, I had the chain around my neck and the man was pulling on it, jerkily, to oblige me to follow him. He was foaming at the mouth as he shouted at me. The way back to the camp seemed very long, under the weight of my humiliation and their sarcasm. One in front of me, two others behind, they were loudly exulting in their victory. I did not feel like crying. It wasn’t pride. It was just the scorn required to ensure that the cruelty of these men and the pleasure they derived from it had not reached my soul.
He grinned, aware that he was delighting his audience. With one finger he beckoned to the man who had brutalized me. “Take her chains off. ” It was unbearable to endure the touch of that man’s hands, brushing my skin as he put the key into the padlock hanging from my neck. He was smart enough not to make too much of it. Then he knelt down, not looking at me, and removed the chains that hobbled my feet. Relieved of the weight, I wondered what I should do. Should I leave without asking for anything more or thank the commander for this gesture of mercy?
Another Life: A Memoir of Other People by Michael Korda