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01-13-2011, 05:23 PM
Catcher In The Rye 'sequel' can be published outside America

The author of the controversial sequel to The Catcher In The Rye - which is now allowed to be published outside North America and is available in England - admits he has little "respect for anything old".

Swedish author Fredrick Colting's book 60 Years Later is banned from publication in America and Canada until Catcher In The Rye enters the public domain. His 'sequel', written under the pseudonym John David California, is now free to be sold in other international territories after a legal settlement with the Salinger Estate.

Author JD Salinger died in January, 2010, leaving his heirs to take over stewardship of his literary estate. Since its 1951 publication, The Catcher in the Rye has sold more than 35 million copies, while the reclusive Salinger spurned all television, stage and film adaptations, including overtures from Steven Spielberg.

Colting, who has previously written The Pornstar Name Book: The Dirtiest Names On The Planet and The Macho Man's Drinkbook: Because Nude Girls And Alcohol Go Great Together, has previously defended his book, which appeared two years ago, published by his own firms, in Sweden and England.

60 Years Later depicts the main character of The Catcher In The Rye, Holden Caulfield, as a 76-year-old fugitive - on the run from a nursing home - who has a drug-addicted sister. Colting also presents insecure author Salinger trying to kill off his own literary creations.

Colting said: "I believe 60 is as original and creative as Catcher. . . I've never had much respect for old things, just for the sake that they are old. Especially if they act as brakes, keeping things from evolving. Creativety has to move freely or it will fall flat on its ass. If it was up to me I would replace Mona Lisa with something new.

"I've put in very hard work creating 60, and I've given it my heart and soul. It's so very far from a rip-off, like Salinger's lawyers call it, and I think once readers get a chance to experience it, I'm sure most will agree."

The book is available on amazon and published through a London-based firm caled Windupbird Publishing. The book went on sale in Brazil a month ago and is also available in Korea, Hungary, Turkey and Greece. Colting he does not anticipate a major financial windfall from the settlement.

"I don't think so. If it is sold in the US, but I don't think I will see a lot of money coming out of Korea or Greece. Do they even have money in Greece? It will not make me rich at all." said Colting.

Colting's battle with the Salinger estate began in the summer of 2009 after the book had already gone on sale in the UK and Sweden but according to reports, Colting will now also be barred from using the title Coming through the Rye, dedicating the book to Salinger and making any references to Salinger's iconic book in promotional material.

01-13-2011, 05:25 PM
I do not know how this differs from a "Fan-Fiction"

01-13-2011, 05:26 PM
I bet it's as interesting and intriguing as Jaws 3D.

01-13-2011, 05:32 PM

01-13-2011, 05:39 PM
I do not know how this differs from a "Fan-Fiction"

Pretty much. If he was that interested in "new" things, he would come up with something original rather than rehashing a beloved novel and apparently taking a shot or two at its creator.

01-13-2011, 07:06 PM