The Blue Period

The Blue Period : A Novel

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A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso-while granting him his first flight of creative genius.

From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.

Fleeing family misfortune and their parents' expectations, the two young artists seek their creative outlet while chasing inspiration in drugs, decadence, and the liberated women of Montmartre-creatures far different from the veiled ones back home.

The new life feels like bliss, and nothing can come between them...until a dark-haired, enigmatic muse enters the picture. The two artists' passion for Germaine will lead to a devastating turn. Amid soul-searching and despair, however, Picasso discovers a color palette in which to render his demons and paint himself into lasting history.

Bringing the exuberance of the era vividly to life, this richly imagined portrait of Picasso's coming of age intertwines the love, death, lust, and friendships that inspired the immortal works of a defiant master.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 38.1mm | 498.95g
  • Little A
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542049970
  • 9781542049979

About Luke Jerod Kummer

Luke Jerod Kummer has worked as a reporter, an editor, and a travel writer. His nonfiction pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York magazine, New Republic, the Washingtonian, and the Village Voice. This is his first novel.
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