THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Pierre Boulle

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

No overtones, no undertones really, this is an intense, instamatic action number which projects a photographer, one Martial Gaur. He is reduced from earlier triumphs and more glorious moments on battle fronts around the world to taking pin-up pictures in a studio. On the one hand, next door, is Olga, his accommodating mistress, who is planning with an accomplice to murder the new Head of State, of more youthful, liberal inclinations-- while on the other hand there's the President's bodyguard, his old friend from the Resistance, who keeps him alerted to the few moments when the President will be within range of a camera or a gun. Wittingly, obsessively, he permits Olga to be privy to the moment of exposure -- ""It will be a sensational picture."" So probably it will -- this could almost be a script since it has not been developed to serve as anything besides the glossy entertainment it so knowingly provides.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1968
Publisher: Vanguard