"We have to supply the music ourselves." Hessler's book could be said to be doing just that, for it's also about Chen himself; about Polat, a black-marketeer
who moves to Washington; and about William Jefferson Foster, a student eager to learn English, largely so he can make obscene jokes.
CIVILIAN pilot George Raft becomes disillusioned with life in post-war Shanghai, and decides to try his luck as a black-marketeer
. Action adventure, co-starring June Havoc
(1) The key to the positive tone of Leduc's unusual, if not subversive, account of the war years in La Batarde lies in two elements of her protagonist's experience: her venue a l'ecriture, and her role as a black-marketeer
. (2) Leduc began to write her first autobiographical novel, L'Asphyxie, in Normandy in 1942, during which time she also became involved in black market activities, through Maurice Sachs's contacts in Paris.
Diego's neighbor Nancy (played by Alea's wife, Mirta Ibarra), a black-marketeer
and former sex-worker, was not a character in the original story.
Such was the response of public moralists to the protagonist, whom Chabrol portrays with studied equanimity despite her being a black-marketeer
, procuress, Nazi collaborator and self-taught abortionist.