The American writer Gay Talese, among the fathers of New Journalism, would have told the story of Gearld Foos without checking the sources well. His remains a key text to understand the passion of a sick mind. In bookstores from 19 January 2018.
Among the books that inaugurate the literary 2017 stands out Motel Voyeur and not only because the author is Gay Talese, among the fathers of New Journalism along with iconic writers such as Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. To tickle the curiosity of the former signature of the New York Times is the story of Gerald Foos, the manager of a motel in Aurora, Colorado, who in the sixties gave free rein to his voyeuristic tendencies secretly spying on his guests.
After having pinned their sexual habits for years, in 1980 Foos contacted Talese so that his diary could be included in the novel La donna d’altri, an extraordinary investigation of the eroticism of overseas that the famous writer would soon publish. Only thirty years later, when Foos agreed to renounce his anonymity, Talese convinced himself to return to the subject.
“Society has taught us to lie, steal, cheat, and deception is the most important requirement among the qualities of a man,” he discusses as if this consideration did not concern him. Who knows what book would have come out if Talese had treated him with more cynicism. On the contrary, this wise narrator of 84 years does not betray the principles of the literature of the realities of which he was the leading exponent, giving back dignity even to “a hidden spy in the attic who claimed to be morally superior while examining and judging his guests with harshness and , at the same time, he arrogated the right to stick his nose with detachment and in total impunity “.
Last year, a few days after the publication of the book in the USA, Paul Farhi of the Washington Post raised doubts about Talese’s ethical conduct and then about the veracity of the story. The complaint has troubled not a little Talese who first said he wanted to stop the promotional tour, then he retraced his steps, making changes to the text that took into account the inaccuracies reported. The book comes out on January 19th in the revised version.