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The Muse

A Novel

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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that ties them together.

England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.

Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a poor, restless village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa's half-brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso.

Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family's lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come.

Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.

Portrait

Jessie Burton was born in London in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama. The Miniaturist is her first novel.

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Format ePUB i
Kopierschutz Ja
Seitenzahl 416 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 26.07.2016
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780062409942
Verlag HarperCollins
Dateigröße 1605 KB
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People leave, but art stays...
von Katharina L. aus Wien am 28.04.2018
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"I would have preferred not to have to choose between writing and loving; because for me, they were often the same thing." It's hard to describe a book that is so wonderful, so deep and touching as "The Muse". Jessie Burton is an amazing author, who uses words to paint a... "I would have preferred not to have to choose between writing and loving; because for me, they were often the same thing." It's hard to describe a book that is so wonderful, so deep and touching as "The Muse". Jessie Burton is an amazing author, who uses words to paint a picture, and lets this picture speak for itself. The novel tells two stories, switching between pre-WW2 Spain and the London of the 60ies. In Spain, there's Olive, a painter, whose talent is overlooked because of her gender. In London, there's Odelle, a writer, whose talent is overlookd because of her race. That is, until Odelle is discovered by Marjorie Quick, the woman who changes everything. And then there's a painting that ties together the stories of Olive and Odelle... What I liked about this book is not only how beautifully it is written or how it deals with the topics of gender and race, but also the way it includes love stories completely without losing its female protagonists in them: There are men in Olive and Odelle's lives, but these men never take over their narratives, their lives, or deprive them of their passions. A book about what it means to be a writer, an artist, a woman, different. A book that opens your eyes for important truths in life. A book you won't be able to put down once you picked it up and that won't leave your mind once you're done and put it back on the shelf. Jessie Burton created a wonderful historical novel that gives a voice to those who have been forced to remain silent.

more than pure fiction
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 24.01.2018

This story is more than pure fiction, although the story is constructed like a partially thrilling and at the same time historical love Story. It is easy to read, but the end shows a lot of reference books, which Jessie Burton had read about the subject: Women in... This story is more than pure fiction, although the story is constructed like a partially thrilling and at the same time historical love Story. It is easy to read, but the end shows a lot of reference books, which Jessie Burton had read about the subject: Women in art, the Spanish war and racism in the sixties in London. I can really recommend this book,