Van Rijn

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 1, 2007 - Amsterdam (Netherlands) - 496 pages
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A warmly acclaimed new novel from the brilliant author of the Encyclopaedia of SnowAmsterdam, 1667. Pieter Blaeu, a young publisher, meets the aged, destitute painter Rembrandt van Rijn, and is powerfully drawn into his orbit. Together with a poet named Clara he begins a pursuit of the elusive man's confidence, in a quest that is at once a love affair and a layered, luminous portrait of a most mysterious artist and his world. 'Here are the sights, smells, sounds and colours of the Dutch golden age alchemised into fictional gold . . . The marriage of art, history and fiction has rarely been so alive. A cause for celebration' The Times 'It is no mean feat for a young writer to pitch herself against the great master and attempt to achieve in prose the explorations of identity that Rembrandt achieved in paint . . . Van Rijn returns us to [the paintings] with a renewed sense of wonder' TLS 'An enticing journey into the past, well observed and researched, and providing a tour of the alternative artistic life of the seventeenth century' Sunday Times

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About the author (2007)

Sarah Emily Miano was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1974. Former chef, tour guide and private eye, she is completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she also received an MA. She is the author of Encyclopaedia of Snow. As a work-in-progress, Van Rijn earned her an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2004. She lives in London.

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