Sunday, May 24, 2009
Roman a clef. Novel with a key.How to make the bastards take a joke
Stomach rumbling, landlord at the gates, so I have to write this one really fast.
Like the last "fast one" I pulled on local electorate, me having lost an election and coming out with a little roman à clef which would surely explain why I lost, and, further that all my competirors had been frauds, bumstabbers, thieves.
Niccolo Machiavelli: When you lose an election, claim fraud.
I did. I wrote a roman a clef.
What is a roman à clef ?
A roman a clef is a book that has the out-of -literature interest of portraying well-known real people more or less thinly disguised as fictional characters.
So I had drawn the current mayor at the time as a bumstabber and a thief.
Ah wounded vanity. But at least, I got to print and publish my Storm and Stress on the Campaign trail.
A whole sixty copies printed and even reviewed.
Look out Hunter S. Thompson!
"You've got all the characters," said THE NEWS.
"Now fill 'em out and write a real novel."
Well, better read than dead, I suppose.
I got to learn how to write a roman a clef.
Heaven forbid there should be a key to everything.
Roman à clef. Novel with a key. I think I chewed that key.
Gave myself a cleft palate.