HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY, Liam O’Flaherty's novel exposing the exploitation and machinations which lay behind the US film industry during its 'golden era', is set to be republished in April.
The novel, first published in London in 1935, and never re-issued since, is to be republished by The Liam & Tom O’Flaherty Society and Nuascéalta publishers. It will be launched by film-maker Bob Quinn in the Galway City Library on Wednesday April 10 at 6pm.
Hollywood Cemetery, one of five O’Flaherty novels to be banned in Ireland under the Censorship Act, was inspired by the Aran Island writer's time in Hollywood, when his cousin John Ford made a film adaptation of O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel The Informer. The novel is a fictionalised, and satirical account, of the film industry, where the allure of incredible salaries often results in the exploitation and prostitution of its employees for money. In a daring and far sighted move, O'Flaherty also features a gender-fluid character in the book.
Hollywood Cemetery will be for sale via Amazon.