Circles of Deceit

Circles of Deceit

by Nina Bawden
     
 

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Circles of Deceit is narrated by a painter who specializes as a copyist. Major figures on the canvas are Clio, his child-bride; Helen, his first wife; and his mother Maisie. They confound lies and the truth in a subtle weave, while the silent agony of the painter's son is a poignant reflection on the busy web of deception. And as the copyist transcribes

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Circles of Deceit is narrated by a painter who specializes as a copyist. Major figures on the canvas are Clio, his child-bride; Helen, his first wife; and his mother Maisie. They confound lies and the truth in a subtle weave, while the silent agony of the painter's son is a poignant reflection on the busy web of deception. And as the copyist transcribes his modern versions of Old Masters, so the past keeps breaking through the surface of the present, until fact and fiction, like art and life, meet in a remarkable conclusion.

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"Here is a novel in which there is not one word to spare, yet which shifts cunningly from past to present, from action to reflection."  —Penelope Lively, Daily Telegraph

"A forceful, continually surprising novel...engages and entertains at the deepest level."  —Independent

"An ingenious and impeccably constructed novel, enlivened by sudden shafts of humour."  —Evening Standard

"Among the most perceptive and accomplished novelists writing today."  —P.D. James

"Beautifully observed."  —Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844083701
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.59(d)

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