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Cormac McCarthy’s screen debut

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author tops off his fine novelistic trajectory with a screenplay for Ridley Scott’s new film, The Counselor

By David Isaacs  

Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor

After decades spent writing novels of increasingly muscular beauty, Cormac McCarthy had his first commercial success just before his 60th birthday. Since the publication of All the Pretty Horses in 1992, his stature—critical and popular—has grown steadily. In 2006, aged 73, he won the Pulitzer Prize, and an endorsement from Oprah Winfrey, for The Road. A year later the Coen Brothers’ film adaptation of his novel No Country For Old Men swept the board at the Oscars. Now, in his…

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