Author: Andrew O'Hagan
Translator: Jae-sung Kim
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About This Book
From Publishers Weekly
O'Hagan (Be Near Me) conjures canine narrator Maf, short for "Mafia Honey," to introduce readers to a world where dogs' playful manners belie their capacity for philosophy--Maf is a Trotsky fan--cats speak in poetic form, and animals provide a gateway into their owners' thoughts and dreams. A circuitous path leads Maf into the arms of Frank Sinatra just as he's looking for a gift for Marilyn Monroe. With his new owner, the lucky pup has a period of perfect companionship in New York City, attending Sammy Davis Jr. shows, sitting in on analyst appointments, witnessing Sinatra tantrums, and attending literati gatherings where those whose artistic sensibilities run counter to his risk being bitten. Between Maf's ruminations on dog and human nature, his favorite famous dogs, and the best parks in the world, he bemoans Marilyn's decline. O'Hagan's witty novel is packed with allusions, and though Maf gives color and nuance to some historical A-listers, Marilyn, remains unfortunately elusive. This familiar slice of Americana gets a much-needed shaking up from an erudite pooch.
"O’Hagan’s seductively witty novel, written from the down-low but philosophically lofty vantage point of Mafia Honey, the fluffy white Maltese that was Frank Sinatra’s gift to his gentle, needy friend Marilyn. Maf, a British import, is fiercely political (a Trotskyite), erudite and snootily stylish (caring about home décor, he tells us, is "part of my pedigree"). He skewers the Hollywood elite while coming to adore his "fated companion" whose tenuous dreams he can read distinctly even as they’re turning to dust." -More Magazine
"Andrew O’Hagan’s book—inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s real-life Maltese—is stellar. Whether Maf is buoying his owner’s spirits or coolly assessing Susan Sontag, he has a nose for silliness and deep sadness. Of course, it helps that, as he notes, dogs ‘can hear what people are saying to themselves, and we can sniff illusion.’ This December surprise is a very real contender for the wittiest, wisest, most winning book of the year." -Parade
"Maf’s insights into the vulnerable star’s psyche will make your heart stop—as will O’Hagan’s writing, which is as clear and lovely as the Blonde Bombshell’s seductive laugh." - Marie Claire
"Maf, equal parts erudite (a sworn Trotskyite, well-versed in philosophy and psychology), and canine (he chases rats), tells Monroe’s story from the ground up." -Interview
"With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s biography of Flush, cheeky Andrew O’Hagan channels The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe." -Vanity Fair
"Andrew O'Hagan's novel perfectly captures the legendary actress. There are numerous scenes between famous people, some of whom I have known, and O’Hagan makes the dialogue sound absolutely authentic... There is a small but impressive tradition of canine narrators, but I can’t imagine there was ever a dog as erudite and well spoken as dear old Mafia Honey. Enthralling." -Peter Bogdanovich, Daily Telegraph
"Andrew O'Hagan's new novel The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog is a miracle and will become a classic. I loved, loved it. If only Marilyn Monroe were alive to read it." - Edna O'Brien
"It's brilliant, the novel, a joy to read. Moving, and very funny - and sad. Maf is wonderful. And so is Marilyn. That 'scene' with her analyst is extraordinary; I was chewing my foot reading it….The whole novel is great and I'm proud to know the man who wrote it." - Roddy Doyle
"This is one of those rare books, written with such sureness of pace and lightness of touch that you find you have read a hundred pages without looking up. It is filled with sly jokes, funny wisdom, and deep feeling for character and scene. But more than anything, it is a book utterly alert to the reader's pleasure; and that pleasure, so sheer and total, is what makes this book so special."- Colm Tóibín
‘A virtuoso act of ventriloquism ... [Monroe's] pet offers a startling insight into Hollywood, psychotherapy, politics and literary in-fighting, as well as a private portrait of one of the world's most famous and troubled women ... The terrible pathos of the human and canine condition is never far from the glittering surface of this marvellously imaginative, clever, entertaining and profoundly melancholy novel.’
- Sunday Telegraph (UK)
‘Refreshingly, O'Hagan doesn't present Marilyn as a cautionary tale of an object of pity. He understands that she spent her life trying to earn respect, and clearly intends this book as a tribute.’
- The Guardian | Observer Magazine (UK)
In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Mafia Honey, or Maf for short. He had an instinct for celebrity. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. For Liver Treat with a side order of National Biscuits.
Born in the household of Vanessa Bell, brought to the United States by Natalie Wood’s mother, given as a Christmas present to Marilyn the winter after she separated from Arthur Miller, Maf offers a keen insight into the world of Hollywood’s greatest star. Not to mention a hilarious peek into the brain of an opinionated, well-read, politically scrappy, complex canine hero.
Maf was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life, first in New York, where she mixed with everyone who was anyone—the art dealer Leo Castelli, Lee Strasberg and the Actor’s Studio crowd, Upper West Side émigrés—then back to Los Angeles. She took him to meet President Kennedy and to Hollywood restaurants, department stores, and interviews. To Mexico, for her divorce. With style, brilliance, and panache, Andrew O’Hagan has drawn an altogether original portrait of the woman behind the icon, and the dog behind the woman.
About the Author
ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His previous novels have been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award.
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