By Dan Simmons
L'Échiquier du mal (titre unique : Carrion convenience) est un roman fantastique de l'auteur américain Dan Simmons paru en 1989.
Présentation de l'œuvre
L'Échiquier du mal de Dan Simmons est paru aux États-Unis en 1989 et en France en 1992. Composé d'un prologue, de trois livres divisés en seventy eight chapitres et d'un épilogue, ce roman fantastique fait des emprunts nombreux aux thrillers, aux romans d'horreur, d'espionnage et d'action. Dan Simmons fait d'ailleurs du personnage dénommé Bob Joe Gentry un beginner de polars (avec John D. MacDonald, Robert Parker, Donald Westlake), de thrillers (avec Robert Ludlum, Trevanian, John le Carré, Len Deighton) et de romans d'épouvante (avec Stephen King, Steve Rasnic Tem), donnant ainsi au lecteur l. a. clé de ses propres resources d'inspiration. À ce propos, L'Échiquier du mal a fait dire à Stephen King que Dan Simmons était son concurrent littéraire le plus sérieux.
Dan Simmons n'a pas négligé les elements historiques de son récit, en rendant de manière très réaliste et bien documentée los angeles vie dans les camps d'extermination ainsi que l'idéologie et les exactions du régime nazi pendant los angeles Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Dan Simmons a présenté lui-même certains elements de l. a. thématique de L'Échiquier du mal dans los angeles revue Ténèbres, number one, janvier 19981.
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They got one too. By mail. " Gesar was clearly hinting at something. I thought for a moment and drew yet another shrewd conclusion. " There was a brief flicker of disappointment in Gesar's glance. "Yes, that's the way it is. When it's absolutely necessary, in a private capacity, it is permissible to reveal yourself to human beings. You know yourself . "he nodded toward the door through which his visitors had left. "But that's a private matter. And the appropriate magical limitations are imposed.
The soul? " The void laughed quietly. "Just the hunger. Eternal hunger. And the emptiness inside. " asked the man. "Werewolves," his invisible companion replied almost jocularly. "They can initiate a man too. But werewolves are also one of the lower forms of Dark Others. Most of the time everything's fine ... but when the frenzy comes over you, you won't be able to control yourself. Three or four nights each month. " "The new moon," the man said with an understanding nod. The void laughed again.