How to Paint A Dead Man

How to Paint A Dead Man

Book - 2009
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Italy in the early 1960s: a dying painter considers the sacrifices and losses that have made him an enigma, both to strangers and those closest to him. He begins his last life painting, using the same objects he has painted obsessively for his entire career - a small group of bottles.

In Cumbria 30 years later, a landscape artist - and admirer of the Italian recluse - finds himself trapped in the extreme terrain that has made him famous.

And in present-day London, his daughter, an art curator struggling with the sudden loss of her twin brother while trying to curate an exhibition about the lives of the twentieth-century European masters, is drawn into a world of darkness and sexual abandon.

Covering half a century, this is a luminous and searching novel, and Hall's most accomplished work to date.

Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, c2009.
ISBN: 9780571224890
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 08, 2015

An interesting structure and well-written novel about four individuals, told in different voices. The painter is loosely based on Morandi.

Diell Jul 12, 2014

would like to read more by this author

Jun 08, 2010

Four interconnected stories make up this book that was shortlisted for last year's Man Booker prize. Hall's writing from four perspectives is pitch perfect?the young blind girl and aging artist in 1960s Italy and the father and daughter in contemporary north-east England mourning the loss of her twin brother. Exquisite.

I'm sorry I waited so long to read it although Peter was a raunchy bugger and a little larger than life. Interesting both he and Italian artist characters were homage to real people.

Dec 21, 2009

An emotional read for me. Very clever construction weaving the stories of four lives in a subtle way - not easy, as you have to piece it together. For those who enjoy art and art history. Longlisted for Booker Prize 2009.

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