Calliope author Nelson Algren is the subject of The End is Nothing, the Road Is All, a feature length documentary film made by Bullet Proof Films. Algren, one of America’s greatest writers, focused on the life of the marginalized inhabitants of cities, especially his native Chicago, as can be heard in his Calliope reading from the National Book Award winning novel, The Man With the Golden Arm, (CAR, Vol. 2). The film celebrates Algren’s unique literary contribution through rare interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel and others, archival footage, and the memorable voice of Algren himself. It also looks at Algren’s love affair with Simone de Beauvoir, as well as the damaging impact of surveillance by the FBI and the CIA, blacklisting, and the critical neglect of his work.
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