The Painter of Battles

The Painter of Battles

A Novel

Book - 2008
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The internationally bestselling author of The Club Dumas and The Queen of the South delivers his most ambitious and profoundly affecting novel to date--a tale that, more than ever, confirms his ability as a writer of extraordinary literary power.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781400065981
1400065984
Branch Call Number: PEREZ-RE
Characteristics: 211 pages ; 25 cm.

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JennaDLibrarian Sep 12, 2013

A retired war photographer named Andres Faulques paints a mural in an isolated place in Spain. One day, a man finds Faulques. The man reveals that he has come to kill him. However, before the man will do the deed, he and Faulques embark on a long conversation that covers war, art, love, betrayal, philosophy and the memories that have brought both men to this place. This is a stunningly written book that will appeal to those who love purely beautiful writing.

trilla Sep 30, 2011

A very intense, dense book. Not an easy read but beautifully written and very evocative. Poses difficult questions regarding effect of photographing and reporting of war. Haunting.

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jang34
Dec 29, 2010

This writer (and/or his translator) has nearly unmatched literary skill - dozens of one-liners you want emblazoned on your memory, descriptions of battle so keen they rise to the level of 'virtual' experience. I am eager to read other work by Perez-Reverte.

However, he is so talented that this particular book is a real downer. As a war journalist, he clearly has experienced himself what he works to convey in this book. But it's a savage and hopeless message, and he repeats it again and again.

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