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 novice 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 points historiques de son récit, en rendant de manière très réaliste et bien documentée l. a. vie dans les camps d'extermination ainsi que l'idéologie et les exactions du régime nazi pendant l. a. Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Dan Simmons a présenté lui-même certains points de los angeles thématique de L'Échiquier du mal dans los angeles revue Ténèbres, number 1, janvier 19981.
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The priest had sought her out to give her his sympathies on the death of her brother. The only Rederni aside from Tier who had. She hadn’t been quite sure how to deal with a priest—Travelers had little use for the minions of the gods—but he’d seemed like a good person. ” “It must have been more than that,” Seraph said thoughtfully. ” She put them against her face and rubbed against them like a cat, soaking in the warmth that emanated from the battered wood. “Old wooden beads,” she said. “I can’t tell exactly how old, but they’ve been given in love and worn that way for a long, long time.
When she managed it at last, Ushireh’s body sat up in the pyre, and his head turned until he could ﬁx his glowing eyes on her. Seraph shrank back and tried to close her eyes. As if in death he’d acquired the magic he’d so envied her in life, his will kept her from looking away from him. “You left me,” he said. “You left your duty. ” She awoke with a gasp and a cry and was gathered into warm arms and rocked gently. 44 Pa t r i c i a B r i g g s “Shh,” said Tier, “it was a dream. ” She buried her head in his shoulder and gave up a lifetime of self-control to sob raggedly against him.
I won’t tell anyone else,” she said. ” She glanced up at the mountains that towered above the narrow trail and shivered. There were not as many thieves in that part of the Empire as there were in the lands to the east where war had driven men off their lands. But Conex the Tinker, who found the dead body beside the trail, was not so honest as all that. He took everything he could ﬁnd of value: two good boots, a bow, a scorched sword with scraps of ﬂesh still clinging to it (he almost left that but greed outweighed squeamishness in the end), a belt, and a silver ring with a bit of onyx stone set in it.