Don Winslow, one last thriller and then leaves

Don Winslow, one last thriller and then leaves
Don Winslow, one last thriller and then leaves

Twenty-five international bestsellers published since 1991, seven novels included in the prestigious best-seller ranking of the New York Timesof which Savages, Cool, Cartel, Corruption, The border, The City in Flames And The City of DreamsDon Winslow, the author with 650,000 copies sold in France, translated into 16 languages, decided, at the age of 70, to put down his pen for good. “ There was a point in my career when I wondered what set me apart from the drug dealer down the street. I too am getting rich from drugs. Thanks to my novels which denounce drug trafficking between South American cartels and the United States. So I told myself that denouncing wasn’t enough, that I had to act “, he confided to Weekly Books during his visit to Paris.

Videos on Twitter

This is how Winslow became an anti-activistTrump, and now plans to be full-time. With his screenwriter friend, producer and agent Shane Salernowhose name is credited in particular in the credits of the films Armageddonthe adaptation of Savages by Winslow by Oliver Stone, Shaft And Avatar: The Way of Water of James Cameronthey record and produce videos broadcast on Twitter-X, some of which have been viewed more than 300 million times. “ I don’t have that many readers! », laughs Don Winslow.

After passing through the houses of Gallimard, Belfond, Seuil, Fayard, Lattès, Le Livre de Pocket and Points, Don Winslow has been published since Corruptionin 2018, at HarperCollins France, the American parent company having opened its branch in France in 2016. The translation remained in the care of Jean Eschsince the famous Cartelhis latest title published in Le Seuil.

Modern Aeneid

Don Winslow has left behind the lands of Mexican drug trafficking since 2022 with a new trilogy which offers a modern version of the Aeneid, Virgil. The epic of the Roman poet, written a few decades BC, narrates the long journey of Aeneas, a young Trojan hero who cannot escape his past, and therefore the “fatum”, his destiny, as it is the case of Danny Ryan, a 29-year-old dockworker in Rhode Island in the 1980s.

Printed in 36,000 copies in large format, then 33,000 in pocket format, the first volume, The City in Flames, saw two clans, two mafias opposing each other: the “spaghetti eaters”, the Italians, and the “potato eaters”, understand the Irish. The continuation of the tribulations of Danny Ryan, who tries one last blow – stealing 40 million dollars from Mexicans in order to settle down – was expected with a release of 24,000 copies in large format, and 28,000 in paperback under the title The City of Dreams. The conclusion of the trilogy, The City Under the Ashespublished this month, taking into account natural erosion, arrives with 18,000 units.

Adaptations

Also note that the trilogy including the novels The Dog’s Claw, Cartel And The border will be adapted this year for television (we still don’t know for which channel), while we await the dates of the adaptations of Frankie Machine’s Winter at Paramount, the series of Boone Daniels at Netflix, Satori at Warner, as well as the trilogy Danny Ryan at Sony, with Austin Butler, Oscar-winning actor for his interpretation of Elvis Presley in the 2022 biopic. So many good reasons to see Don Winslow’s rating rise each time.

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