Close Up by Len Deighton
By Len Deighton
Deighton's incendiary novel of the movie again in print after twenty years. A Hollywood Babylon for our time. Marshall Stone, overseas famous person and charismatic member of Hollywood's elite. Abundantly blessed with appeal, genius and wealth, the single present he such a lot wishes - eternal early life - turns out inside his snatch whilst an eminent author starts the star's biography. yet painful stories and suppressed scandals threaten to reveal the fiction of his existence. Dazzled by way of flattery and numbed via threats, the biographer is stuck up within the big-daddy global the place books are houses, motion pictures are investments, scores are rigged, and stars and administrators are received and offered like slaves at an public sale. The rituals, the wheeler-dealing politics, and back-stabbing strategies of the richest on this planet have by no means been extra successfully portrayed. And on the center of this glittering laptop, a super megastar who will do virtually whatever to stay untarnished. This new reissue incorporates a foreword from the canopy fashion designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new advent by way of Len Deighton, which bargains a desirable perception into the writing of the tale.
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