How to Paint A Dead Man

How to Paint A Dead Man

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From Sarah Hall, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Daughters of the North and The Electric Michelangelo comes the Harper Perennial paperback original novel How to Paint a Dead Man, a daringly imaginative tale in which multiple lives are woven together through the prism of a still life painting. Moving from ItalytoEngland, spanning nearly half a century, and bringing together the lives of four disparate characters, How to Paint a Dead Man is Hall's fierce and brilliant study of art and its place in our lives.

Published: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061430459
Branch Call Number: F HAL
Characteristics: 289, 16 p. :,port. ;,21 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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