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The Painter Peter Wihl - a celebrated success early in his career - is about to turn fifty. The prospect is stifling his creativity and jeopardising his preparations for a major new exhibition intended to revive his reputation. In a cruel twist of fate, his concerns about his forthcoming birthday are rendered meaningless when he discovers that he has an incurable eye condition and will be completely blind within six months. What is a painter without his eyes? A chance encounter with an old classmate leads a vulnerable Peter into a sinister world which will haunt him for as long as he lives. The novel poses the question: How far is the artist willing to go in pursuit of his art?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 329 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 24mm | 322.05g
  • ARCADIA BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190514721X
  • 9781905147212
  • 932,972

About Don Bartlett

Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway's leading contemporary writer. He is the author of 12 novels, as well as short stories and poetry. His international best-selling novel The Half Brother has been published in nearly 30 countries. It won the Nordic Prize for Literature as well as the Norwegian Bookseller's Prize, was shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and was chosen as one of the 25 Notable Titles of 2004 by the American Library Association. Lars Saabye Christensen lives in Oslo.show more

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'A new novel by the Norwegian author of the international hit The Half Brother. A painter, about to turn 50, realises that he is starting to lose his sight. He makes a pact with the devil, in the guise of an old school friend' - Nicolas Clee, The BooksellerPraise for The Half Brother:'The book of the year so far as the pleasure principle is concerned...majestic' - Chris Power, The Times'Bruising and brilliant...like Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions meeting Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections' - Anna Paterson, Independent'The Half Brother is no mere interesting example of contemporary Scandinavian writing; it's a deeply felt, intricately worked and intellectually searching work of absolutely international importance' - Paul Binding, GuardianAn ambitious, panoramic novel...it moves effortlessly from surreal comedy to touching scenes of domestic intimacy - a big rewarding read' - Gerard Woodward, Daily Telegraph'Powerful, dramatic and magical' - Daily Mailshow more

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363 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 12% (45)
4 41% (150)
3 36% (129)
2 8% (29)
1 3% (10)
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