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My Face for the World to See

Written by Alfred Hayes

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

My Face for the World to See Synopsis

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

My Face for the World to See Press Reviews

His most achieved portrait of male self-deception ... A sharp, forensic examination of power and money ... Hayes charts the couple's disintegration with luminous precision and lends it an air of dream-like inevitability ... His novels perfectly capture the texture of midcentury American life * Los Angeles Review of Books * Intimate, disconsolate, acute * Kirkus Reviews * The most vivid picture of Hollywood since Nathanael West's Day of the Locust -- Nelson Algren Like a delayed Fitzgerald (think The Last Tycoon) or an encounter with Pavese in an unexpected quarter, elegant in its hopelessness, or hopeless in its elegance: a real find -- Michael Hofmann Hayes has done for bruised men what Jean Rhys does for bruised women, and they both write heartbreakingly beautiful sentences -- Paul Bailey * Guardian * An exciting, engrossing work, written with beautiful economy and the sure skill of an artist who knows what he is doing ... Hayes has created characters that are the essence of human hopes and frailty * The New York Times Book Review * More than fifty years later, Hayes strikes me as more interesting and honest than so many of those famous novelists of the era ... It is time we recognized him as the author of two novels no reader will easily forget -- David Thomson A masterpiece ... An insider's manual for all those who would aspire to fame, the ghostly glamour of the movies -- Nick Lezard * Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241342305
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Alfred Hayes
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Alfred Hayes

Alfred Hayes (1911-1985) was born in London and grew up in New York, where he later worked as a newspaperman. After joining the army in 1943 he served with the US forces in Italy. While in Rome he met Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini on the film Paisa, and began his career in script-writing. He moved to Hollywood to work in the movies and was twice nominated for an Oscar for his scripts. Hayes' seven novels include The Girl on the Via Flaminia (1949), In Love (1953), My Face for the World to See (1958) and The End of Me (1968).

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