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The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-reverte
  

The Painter of Battles

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Quite different form his usual action adventure novels this is a much more serious book which is perhaps slightly autobiographical as the main character is a war photographer, Perez-Reverte was a war journalist. This novel is definitely anti-war and is far more cynical than his previous novels. He is a marvellous writer though, just don’t expect this to be like some of his lighter work.

If you like Arturo Perez-reverte you might also like to read books by Bernard Cornwell, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Martin Stephen.

Synopsis

The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-reverte

A man lives alone in a watchtower by the sea. On the circular walls of the tower he is painting a grand mural - the timeless landscape of a battle. He is a former war photographer, and the painting is his attempt to capture the photo he was never able to take; to encapsulate, in an instant, the meaning of war. But one day a stranger knocks on his door and announces that he has come to kill him. The man is a shadow from his past, one of the myriad faces of war, and now the consequences of his actions are brought home to him. As the novel progresses, the story of both the soldier and the artist emerge, entwined with a doomed love affair, and the progress of a painting that is infused with the history of art.

Intense and turbulent this is a book about art, war, love and the human capacity for both violence and empathy. It asks very profound questions about human nature and the role of the artist, but it is also has the intensity of a psychological thriller as the painter trades stories with the man who has come to kill him - like the Knight playing chess with Death in the Seventh Seal....

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The debate between artist and subject lies at the heart of this very continental contest of wits * INDEPENDENT * moral debate forms the substance of this atmospheric novel * DAILY TELEGRAPH * this is a more personal and philosophical work than his [Perez-Reverte's] other books * HERALD *


About the Author

Arturo Perez-reverte

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is one of Spain's foremost novelists whose books include The Flanders Panel, The Dumas Club, The Fencing Master and Captain Alatriste (the first in the Alatriste series).

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Book Info

Publication date

16th October 2008

Author

Arturo Perez-reverte

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Author's Website

www.perez-reverte.com/

Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780753824337

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