“If this were a movieand a central conceit of the book is that the movies and Hollywood have failed usit would be a David Lynch production. . . . Being inside his various heads [is] an exciting, if occasionally alarming, experience.”
Hugh Thompson, The Independent (UK)
One of the most singular and inventive voices of his generation, Will Self has written a stunning work of fiction. In Walking to Hollywood,
a British writer named Will Self goes on a quest from the L.A.
freeways to the eroding English cliffs, skewering celebrity as he attempts to solve a crime: who killed the movies.
When Will reconnects with his childhood friend the world suddenly seems disproportionate. Sherman Oaks is scarcely three feet tall at forty-five. Seeing his ironically sized sculpturesreplicas of his body varying from the gargantuan to the minisculesparks in Will a flurry of obsessive-compulsive thoughts and a nagging desire to experience the world on foot. Ignoring his therapist and nemesis, Zack Busner, Self travels to Hollywood
on a mission to discover who, or what, killed the movies. Convinced that everyoneincluding his agent, friends, and bums on the streetis being portrayed by a famous actor, Self goes undercover into the dangerous world of celebrity culture. He circumambulates the metropolitan area in wild, hallucinating episodes, eventually arriving on the English cliffs of East Yorkshire
where he comes face to face with one of Jonathan Swift’s immortal Struldbruggs.
A satirical novel of otherworldly proportion and literary brilliance, Walking to Hollywood
is a fantastical and unforgettable trip through the unreality of our culture.
Watch Laurie Taylor interviewing Will Self on the Sky Arts series In Confidence
, posted on YouTube in various parts beginning here