La joven de la perla (Girl with the Pearl Earring)
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La joven de la perla (Girl with the Pearl Earring)

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by Tracy Chevalier
     
 

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La modelo que utilizó Johannes Vermeer en uno de sus cuadros más famosos y admirados es un misterio que Tracy Chevalier tomó como punto de partida para escribir una de las mejores novelas históricas de nuestro tiempo: La joven de la perla. En ella Griet, una muchacha holandesa de dieciséis años, entra a formar…  See more details below

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La modelo que utilizó Johannes Vermeer en uno de sus cuadros más famosos y admirados es un misterio que Tracy Chevalier tomó como punto de partida para escribir una de las mejores novelas históricas de nuestro tiempo: La joven de la perla. En ella Griet, una muchacha holandesa de dieciséis años, entra a formar parte del servicio del afamado pintor Johannes Vermeer. Allí, seis niños malcriados campan por sus respetos bajo la volátil mirada de Catharina ­la mujer del pintor­ ,su madre ­Maria Thins­, y un ama de llaves ­Tanneke­ leal a las dos mujeres que regentan la casa. Griet tiene una manera particular, llena de devoción, de mirar lo que la rodea. Una sensibilidad que, a pesar de la distancia que marca la educación y la clase social, coincide con la de Vermeer. Algo que él ha percibido y que le ha llevado a introducirla en su mundo de artista. La intimidad que crece entre ambos, los rumores que proceden de la envidia, la lujuria de Van Ruijven, mecenas del pintor, y los celos de las mujeres harán que, tarde o temprano, llegue el escándalo.

«Tracy Chevalier es una narradora sutil y sabia. Sabe que es necesario crear personajes llenos de vida para seducir al lector.»
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«Una joya de novela.»
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788499892993
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
Publication date:
06/17/2011
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La Joven de la Perla / Girl with a Pearl Earring


By Tracy Chevalier Santillana USA Publishing Company

Copyright © 2002 Tracy Chevalier
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9788466307987


Chapter One In the morning he asked me to come up in the afternoon. I assumed he wanted me to work with the colors, that he was starting the concert painting. When I got to the studio he was not there. I went straight to the attic. The grinding table was clear-nothing had been laid out for me. I climbed back down the ladder, feeling foolish. He had come in and was standing in the studio, looking out a window.

'Take a seat, please, Griet,' he said, his back to me.

I sat in the chair by the harpsichord. I did not touch it-I had never touched an instrument except to clean it. As I waited I studied the paintings he had hung on the back wall that would form part of the concert painting. There was a landscape on the left, and on the right a picture of three people-a woman playing a lute, wearing a dress that revealed much of her bosom, a gentleman with his arm around her, and an old woman. The man was buying the young woman's favors, the old woman reaching to take the coin he held out. Maria Thins owned the painting and had told me it was called The Procuress.

'Not that chair.' He had turned from the window. 'That is where van Ruijven's daughter sits.'

Where I would have sat, I thought, if I were to be in the painting.

He got another of the lion-head chairs and set it closeto his easel but sideways so it faced the window. 'Sit here.'

'What do you want, sir,' I asked, sitting. I was puzzled-we never sat together. I shivered, although I was not cold.

'Don't talk.' He opened a shutter so that the light fell directly on my face. 'Look out the window.' He sat down in his chair by the easel.

I gazed at the New Church tower and swallowed. I could feel my jaw tightening and my eyes widening.

'Now look at me.'

I turned my head and looked at him over my left shoulder.

His eyes locked with mine. I could think of nothing except how their grey was like the inside of an oyster shell.

He seemed to be waiting for something. My face began to strain with the fear that I was not giving him what he wanted.

'Griet,' he said softly. It was all he had to say. My eyes filled with tears I did not shed. I knew now.

'Yes. Don't move.'

He was going to paint me.





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Meet the Author

Tracy Chevalier nació en Washington, pero en 1984 se trasladó a Londres y allí trabajó algunos años como editora. Tras el éxito internacional de La chica de la perla en el año 1999, se ha dedicado exclusivamente a la tarea de escritora.

Entre sus otras novelas destacan El azul de la virgen, Ángeles fugaces y La dama y el unicornio, El maestro de la inocencia y Las huellas de la vida, publicados por Lumen.

Actualmente Chevalier reside en Londres con su esposo y su hijo. El último refugio es su novela más reciente y la primera que la autora ha querido ambientar en Estados Unidos, donde está cosechando un gran éxito de crítica y público.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1962
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A. in English, Oberlin College, 1984; M.A. in creative writing, University of East Anglia, 1994
Website:
http://www.tchevalier.com

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