The Masterpiece

By: Anna Enquist, Jeannette K. Ringold (translator)

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Enquist's impassioned novel revolves around the artist Johan Steenkamer, the women who are drawn to him, and his troubled family relationships: an absent father, a manipulative mother and an emotionally crippled brother. The three days leading up to the opening of his grand exhibition are depicted with a dramatic sense of light and shade; Enquist describes making jam and making love with equally vivid intensity. Present events are shadowed by the past, and the section describing the loss of Steenkamer's daughter is an exploration of grief that will leave no reader unmoved. There are undertones of "Don Giovanni in the portrayal of the central character and in moments of the narrative; timeless dilemmas are counterpointed with those familiar to all contemporary working women. This beautifully observed and affecting novel introduces to English-speaking audiences the work of one of Europe's finest writers. "The Masterpiece has been translated by Jeannette K. Ringold, it was originally published in 1994 as "Het Meesterstuk.

Title: The Masterpiece

Author Name: Anna Enquist, Jeannette K. Ringold (translator)

Categories: Fiction & Classics & Literature,

Edition: First English Edition

Publisher: London, The Toby Press: 1999

ISBN Number: 1902881052

ISBN Number 13: 9781902881058

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Like New

Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 060370

Description: Pictorial cloth boards, black quarter cloth. Orange end sheets. 230 pp. Full refund if not satisfied.

Keywords: Painting,