Author: Elizabeth Hickey
Translator: Eun-ju Song
440 pages | 223*152mm
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About This Book
*Starred Review* This first novel, which springs boldly to the reader's attention as an admirably accomplished, beguilingly effortless story, is based on the lives of two actual historical figures. Hickey takes us back to the lush elegance of fin-de-siecle Vienna, "the most beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the world"--back to when the emperor still ruled divinely yet the arts were breaking old barriers. Gustav Klimt, a denizen of Viennese bohemia, has already made a painter's name for himself when a well-to-do businessman commissions him to draw his young daughters' portraits. Thus the lives of this permanent fixture in the world's artistic firmament and his mistress-to-be, Emilie Floge, intersect. Alternating flash-forwards to mid-World War II, when the Old World truly crumbled and Klimt was long dead, frame the story with a perfect nostalgia for the novel's "real" time: the beautifully expressed charting of the growing relationship between Klimt and Emilie, who eventually runs a fashion house in the Austrian capital and dresses all the ladies of the arts world. Hickey possesses a comfortably secure voice in sharing her understanding of the nature of this unsordid affair and her knowledge of the glamorous but teetering-on-the-edge time and place. --Brad Hooper
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