The Public Image by Muriel Spark
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"All homage to Muriel Spark, the coolest writer ever to scald your liver and your lights" (The Washington Post). The Public Image, which the author has called "an ethical shocker," provides a scalding the reader is unlikely to forget, particularly as it is so enjoyable.

Spark chooses Rome, "the motherland of sensation," for the setting of her story about movie star Annabel Christopher (known to her adoring fans as "The English Lady-Tiger"), who has made the fatal mistake of believing in her public image. This error and her embittered husband, and unsuccessful actor, catch up with her. Her final act is only the first shocking climax—further surprises await. Neatly savaging our celebrity culture, Spark rejoices in one of her favorite subjects—the clash between sham and genuine identity—and provides Annabel with an unexpected triumph.
 

About Muriel Spark

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Muriel Spark (1918-2006) is the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver's Seat, Not to Disturb, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
 
Published April 17, 1993 by New Directions. 161 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A movie star in Rome loses touch with reality in Spark's witty expose of superficiality, first published in 1968. (May)

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A movie star in Rome loses touch with reality in Spark's witty expose of superficiality, first published in 1968. (May)

Mar 29 1993 | Read Full Review of The Public Image (Revived Mod...

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