Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Paperback 174: The Night of Long Knives / Max Gallo (Warner 78-231)

Paperback 174: Warner 78-231 (1st ptg, 1973)

Title: The Night of Long Knives
Author: Max Gallo
Cover artist: Don Punchatz

Yours for: $10

Best things about this cover:

  • Way out of my normal collecting time period, but man oh man this cover is astonishing. Super Gothic Horror Nightmare. That heap of contorted flesh is like a composite being - a monster, bleeding to death - though the guys up top kind of look like they're doing yoga
  • That Eagle crown looks like it's pinching him a little

Best thing about this back cover:

  • "Orgy of blood" - yes, that's what the cover looks like
  • This book is non-fiction, it appears, and has interior photos of all kinds of Nazi-esque stuff, though most of it is just guys in overcoats walking from here to there. I guess I'll take boring over gruesome.
  • OK, this book is making me feel dirty, so I'm done thinking about it

Page 123~

There's really nothing even remotely funny to quote, so I'm gonna pass. The first sentence I looked at had "Dachau camp" in it, to give you an idea of the material I'm dealing with here.



warren said...

"Rebel elements"? Hardly. Roehm, for instance, was a Hitler loyalist; the only problem was that he was openly homosexual. Hitler's purge was aimed at people whom he believed were "impure", but it was not an attempt to squelch the NSDAP. It was just an early sign of what a murderous psychopath he actually was.

laura linger said...

Warren is 100% right about Roehm's murder and Hitler.

And this cover is vaguely porny, which ordinarily I am down with, but when it comes to Nazis? No.

JamiSings said...

The whole thing gives me shivers. I mean, yes, at least it's showing Hitler - may his name be erased - as the murderous bastard he was. But - ug. Certain things make me feel dirty just to look at them. This is one of them.