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The Pornographer of Vienna
     

The Pornographer of Vienna

by Lewis Crofts
 

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'Utterly engrossing. I found myself drawn into Schiele's reeling world with its reek
of wet paint and sex.' Jon McGregor, author of
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
'Doesn't shrink from depicting the squalor of Schiele's existence and powerfully evokes his uncompromising talent' Guardian
The son of a railway inspector, Schiele rejects his bourgeois

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'Utterly engrossing. I found myself drawn into Schiele's reeling world with its reek
of wet paint and sex.' Jon McGregor, author of
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
'Doesn't shrink from depicting the squalor of Schiele's existence and powerfully evokes his uncompromising talent' Guardian
The son of a railway inspector, Schiele rejects his bourgeois upbringing and flees in pursuit of artistic fulfilment. When he gains admission to the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, it seems that a glittering career lies ahead of him. But Schiele's talent drives him to portray the moral and physical squalor of the Habsburg capital, and he is rejected by an indignant and hypocritical art world. Forced to endure acute poverty and even imprisonment, Schiele continues to pursue his artistic mission, and in the last months of his life finally finds acclaim with those who had shunned him. In a lavish first novel of rare descriptive power and empathy, fuelled by a blend of research and literary imagination, Crofts succeeds in evoking the man as well as the artist. The result is a masterful, at times heartbreaking portrayal of Austria's most decadent and most misunderstood painter, and of the city which both inspired and destroyed him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906964689
Publisher:
Old Street Publishing, Ltd
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
485 KB

Meet the Author

Lewis Crofts was born in 1977 and grew up in Somerset, England. He has lived and worked successively in Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Belgium. His fascination with Egon Schiele was sparked while living in Prague. He is currently working on a second novel. www.lewiscrofts.com

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