"Once upon a time in Hollywood" - Quentin Tarantino's literary debut

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"Once upon a time in Hollywood" - Quentin Tarantino's literary debut
"Once upon a time in Hollywood" - Quentin Tarantino's literary debut

The long-awaited literary debut of Quentin Tarantino – “ Once upon a time in Hollywood”, will be released in Bulgarian on June 2 with the logo of ed.. "Circle". The edition can be found first at the 4th tent of the Spring Book Fair, which this year takes place in front of the NDK. The Bulgarian translation is the work of Borislav Stefanov, and the original cover was adapted for the native audience by Natalia Chaikina.

Tarantino is a master of screen storytelling, and his two Oscars for screenwriting classics are a testament to his ability to create dynamic plots, lively dialogue and recognizable characters. In 2009, he threatened that when he turned 60, he would stop making movies and devote himself to books. Almost at this age, the inimitable and merciless director takes the first step in this direction with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

The novel is a feast for movie lovers. In his book, the famous screenwriter, now a writer, enriches and develops his plot from the film of the same name, sending his characters and readers in unexpected directions.

At the center of the story we see the actor Rick D alton and his double Cliff Booth (played on the screen in 2019 by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt). D alton is an aging movie star known for his roles in westerns, but his glory years are over. He is still dreaming of a role that will bring him back into the limelight when he receives an unexpected offer to shoot in Rome. His faithful companion is Cliff Booth, a stuntman and war veteran with (at least one) murder in his life that he got away with.

Tarantino uses the characters in his novel to take us through the world of late 1960s Hollywood as an exciting and controversial place without political correctness, where a story can emerge from every image.

In between the pages of the book peek Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, we meet the sinister criminal Charles Manson and go through the film history of the period, told with more than a pinch of fantasy. The novel may also surprise those who have watched "Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood" more than once, because it develops plot threads that deserve more attention.

In his films, Tarantino always strives to be true to the era and his characters, an attitude he successfully carries over to the pages of his first novel. Thus, he fully captures the dynamics of 1969 - the time when "old" and "new" Hollywood collided.

Tarantino skilfully mixes fact and fiction to build a galloping narrative, a true 60s love affair to give to moviegoers and fans of good stories alike.

The novel allows us to look even deeper into Tarantino's world, seeing where he draws his strongest inspiration from, how he structures his ideas, and how he transcends the script to turn it into an artistic narrative. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood shows us what kind of storyteller Tarantino is when the camera isn't rolling.

With this book, "Krug" continues to expand its collection of publications connecting literature and cinema. To date, the publisher has introduced readers to Thomas Kinneely's Schindler's List, Gilbert Adair's The Dreamers, W alter Tevis's Ladies' Gambit, Avery Corman's Kramer vs. Kramer, and John Grogan's Marley and Me.

More about the author

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (b. 1963) is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actor, winner of a number of major film awards, including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay - for Criminal (1994 d.) and Django Unchained (2012), BAFTA and Golden Globe. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his first novel, and the 2019 film of the same name won actor Brad Pitt an Oscar for his portrayal of Cliff Booth.

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