My Face For the World To See

My Face For the World To See


Alfred Hayes is one of the secret masters of the 20th-century novel, a journalist and scriptwriter and poet who possessed an immaculate ear for prose and wrote two perfect short novels about passion and its payback. This title is set in Hollywood, where the tonic for anonymity is fame rather than family and you’re only as real as your image.

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A brilliant, bruising depiction of the dark side of 1950s Hollywood, from the author of In Love.

At a Hollywood party, a screenwriter rescues an aspiring actress from a drunken suicide attempt. He is married, disillusioned; she is young, seemingly wise to the world and its slights. They slide into a casual relationship together, but as they become ever more entangled, he realises that his actions may have more serious consequences than he could ever have suspected. Hayes' exquisite novella, written in his cool, inimitable style, holds a revealing light to the hollowness of the Hollywood dream and exposes the untruths we tell ourselves, even when we think we have left illusions behind.

'A masterpiece ... an insider's manual for all those who would aspire to fame, the ghostly glamour of the movies' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

'Hayes is the poet of the things we think about while lying in bed, when sleep refuses to carry us off' David Thomson

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Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.7 cm












813.52 (edition:23)


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