Hidden Faces by Salvador Dali ; Translated by Haakon Chevalier
New York : William Morrow & Co., 1974. Hardcover. 318 pages ; 22 cm. $7.95 dust jacket. Gently used book, in very good condition with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
HIDDEN FACES : THE NOVEL BY SALVADOR DALI
Illustrated with drawings by Dali Translated from the French by Haakon Chevalier
Salvador Dali's only novel is a brilliant tour de force, a multi-leveled story of love and lovers and war and death.
The novel is set against a backdrop of Europe before and during and until the close of World War II, though in its course its characters range the globe in their attempts both to escape and to embrace the entanglements of their lives: from Europe to Africa to South America to the United States. These people are, for the most part, a group of aristocrats-European and American: decadent, extravagant, self-serving (even in the midst of extreme self-sacrifice), and always involving, inspiring, even touching.
At the center of the book is the grand passion, the "bizarre" passion, that unites Count HERVE de Grandsailles and the beautiful Solange de C16da. For years they play a tantalizing game of mutual seduction. Solange will do anything for Grandsailles, even if it means betraying him through cooperation with the Nazis. Grandsailles will do anything for Solange, even if it means marrying another woman.
And the love between Grandsailles and Solange is entangled within other loves, particularly those involving the exquisite young American Veronica Stevens, the beautiful, Polish, working-class, opium-dabbling Betka, and the mysterious young American aviator with whom they both become involved.
The novel is rich almost beyond measure. Romantic, dramatic, passionate, perverse, erotic, distinguished ... it is not, in this form, what one would have imagined emerging from Dali's genius, and yet it is.
Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figueras, Spain. He joined the Surrealist movement in 1929. Aside from painting, he has designed jewelry, created window displays, collaborated in stage and film productions, and illustrated books. He has written two autobiographies: The Secret Life of Salvador Dali and Diary of a Genius. He wrote Hidden Faces in 1943, and it was originally published in 1944.
Dali and his wife, Gala, presently divide their time between Spain, France, and the United States.
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