A Month in Siena

A Month in Siena

by Hisham Matar
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date: 17/10/2019
  $14.99

FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AND MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR


'Sparkles with brilliant observations on art and architecture, friendship and loss' Guardia**n


'Everybody should get to spend a month with Mr. Matar, looking at paintings' Zadie Smith, Wall Street Journal, Books of the Year

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Matar was nineteen years old when his father was kidnapped. In the year following he found himself turning to art, particularly the great paintings of the Sienese School. They became a refuge and a way to think about the world outside the urgencies of the present.


A quarter of a century later, having found no trace of his father, Matar finally visits the birthplace of those paintings. A Month in Siena is the encounter between the writer and the city. It is an immersion in painting, a consideration of love, grief and a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and life.

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'A dazzling exploration of art's impact on his life and writing, and a moving contemplation of grief' Financial Times


'I can think of no better expression of the humane than this economical, modest, yet altogether breathtaking book' New Statesman, Books of the Year


'Bewitching, intensely moving' The Economist, Books of the Year

ISBN:
9780241987063
9780241987063
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
17-10-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He is the author of two novels, In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance and a work of non-fiction, The Return. In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the National Critics Book Circle Award in the US and won six international literary awards. The Return won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the Folio Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards around the world including the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction. Hisham Matar lives in London.

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