The Love-artist

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Picador, 2002 - Fiction - 242 pages
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Why was Ovid, the most popular poet of his day, banished from Rome? Why do only two lines survive of his play Medea, reputedly his most passionate, most accomplished work? Between the known details of Ovid’s life and these enigmas, Jane Alison has created a haunting drama of
psychological manipulation, and an ingenious meditation on love, art and immortality. When Ovid encounters a woman who embodies the fictitious creations of his soon-to-be published Metamorphoses, he is enchanted, obsessed, and inspired. Part healer, part witch, she seems to be myth come to life, and Ovid lures her away from her home by the Black Sea to Rome. But the inexorable pull of ambition leads him to make a Faustian bargain with fate that will betray his newfound muse.
Why was Ovid, the most popular poet of his day, banished from Rome? Why do only two lines survive of his play Medea, reputedly his most passionate, most accomplished work? Between the known details of Ovid’s life and these enigmas, Jane Alison has created a haunting drama of
psychological manipulation, and an ingenious meditation on love, art and immortality. When Ovid encounters a woman who embodies the fictitious creations of his soon-to-be published Metamorphoses, he is enchanted, obsessed, and inspired. Part healer, part witch, she seems to be myth come to life, and Ovid lures her away from her home by the Black Sea to Rome. But the inexorable pull of ambition leads him to make a Faustian bargain with fate that will betray his newfound muse.

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Review: The Love-Artist: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)

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The story was only okay BUT, the writing was so beautiful that I kept reading anyways. I will definitely read anything Jane Alison writes because of this fact. Also, the ending of this book almost ... Read full review

Review: The Love-Artist: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)

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I read thing because I'm taking a coursera course about historical fiction. The book is ok. a quick easy read, magical realism or something like that. But towards the end, I just didn't care anymore ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Jane Alison has a degree in classics from Princeton University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in Germany.

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