Waking Raphael

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 26, 2005 - Fiction - 448 pages
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La Muta, "the mute woman." Amidst a country rocked by scandal and corruption, inhabitants of the idyllic city of Urbino, Italy, birthplace of Raphael, are more concerned with a sudden outbreak of miracles than with politics. But what unspeakable secret lies hidden in Raphael's enigmatic painting? Its restoration will drive a living mute to a shocking act of violence and spark an investigation into a nearly forgotten war crime and a series of events that will shatter the silence gripping this community forever.

Both a mesmerizing thriller and a passionate exploration of the power of truth to effect reconciliation and restore faith, Waking Raphael spins a tantalizing web of silence and lies to recreate an Italy where the romantic and the violent, the comic and the tragic, are spellbindingly interwoven.


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This is not a book for Da Vinci fans. But if you like a more leisurely journey of discovery, with Italian art, history, and a good rendition of the twisted interplay between village and state politics ... Read full review

WAKING RAPHAEL

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The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes's magical Italian idyll.British art expert Charlotte Penton has come to Urbino to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
13
Section 3
19
Section 4
30
Section 5
39
Section 6
42
Section 7
50
Section 8
59
Section 22
208
Section 23
224
Section 24
230
Section 25
246
Section 26
249
Section 27
261
Section 28
263
Section 29
283

Section 9
73
Section 10
84
Section 11
95
Section 12
99
Section 13
110
Section 14
133
Section 15
145
Section 16
155
Section 17
165
Section 18
173
Section 19
184
Section 20
194
Section 21
196
Section 30
289
Section 31
304
Section 32
316
Section 33
328
Section 34
342
Section 35
356
Section 36
370
Section 37
381
Section 38
392
Section 39
407
Section 40
413
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About the author (2005)

Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Fish, Blood, & Bone, which was nominated for the Orange prize. She lives in London.


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