the day of the locust

carambaia publisher, 2015

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set in 1930s los angeles, nathanael west’s book features a gallery of characters that wander around the city’s studios, millionaires’ mansions, brothels, cockfights and film sets, and culminates in a tragic fire.  

the cover displays the detail of a 1936 poster, produced by the works and progress administration (wpa), one of the biggest projects of the new deal, which supported many cinema industry professionals during the depression years.