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From the bestselling author of The Club Dumas and the Captain Alatriste series The Painter of Battles was a No. 1 bestseller in Spain with 300,000 copies sold in its first three months of publication. It remained in the top ten for 26 weeks 'Arturo Perez-Reverte is the great European storyteller of the 21st century in the tradition of Dumas, from the swashbuckling Captain Alatriste series to the fascinating but ruthless drug baroness in Queen of the South, and now in The Painter of Battles, he delivers a gripping story of war, cruelty, testimony, and the past' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'This compelling pas de deux is Perez-Reverte's most affecting work yet' Waterstone's Books Quarterly 'A heroic stab at anatomising artistic responsibility' Financial Times
Arturo Perez Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full time. His novels include The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, The Queen of the South and the bestselling Captain Alatriste series. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
As a former war photographer paints a magnificent mural, a man whose life he has -ruined with a single snapshot approaches and pledges to kill him. Thus begins Perez-Reverte's ruthlessly examined tale of moral responsibility. Like the photographer himself, who once lay in wait with a sniper to capture his handicraft, we're brought uncomfortably close to human violence. (LJ 1/08) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
The debate between artist and subject lies at the heart of this very continental contest of wits * INDEPENDENT * moral debate forms the substance of this atmospheric novel * DAILY TELEGRAPH * this is a more personal and philosophical work than his [Perez-Reverte's] other books * HERALD *
Pérez-Reverte delivers a wonderfully suspenseful wartime thriller about a painter and photographer who receives a visit from his troubled past in the form of a man who was the subject of one of his photographs. Simon Vance's classical British accent brings added life to the story, offering a vivid reading that will transport listeners to another time and place. His delivery is clear and often unnerving, knowing exactly when and where to capture the profound sense of foreboding and tension that abounds. Vance's performance is remarkable. He brings central character Andres Faulques into existence through a tremendous attention to detail and dialect and a firm understanding of Pérez-Reverte's gripping tale. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 26, 2007). (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.