The Cloud Sketcher : A Novel
In a tiny village in Finland, Esko Vaananen is at the brink of despair -- he loves a woman he can never have. Suddenly, in the magical light of the aurora borealis, he has a vision of an impossibly tall building rising gracefully from the frozen lake and disappearing into the clouds above him. This pilvenpiirtaja -- "cloud sketcher" or skyscraper -- sparks a lifelong quest for beauty in Esko. He will pursue and protect these two passions -- his vision and his love -- no matter how great the cost, for the rest of his life. It is a journey that leads him into the Bolshevik revolution and the Jazz Age nightclubs of New York City and to strike a Faustian bargain with a ruthless gangster -- all in the pursuit of artistic perfection and impossible, unattainable love.
- Paperback | 412 pages
- 134.62 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
- 19 Mar 2002
- HARPER PERENNIAL
- New York, NY, Australia
?A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer?s deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy.?Robert Hass (author of Lives of Moral Leadership)
About Richard Rayner
Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles. His previous books include the memoir The Blue Suit and the novels The Cloud Sketcher, L.A. Without a Map, and Murder Book. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications.