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A month in Siena

Author: Hisham Matar
Publisher: [London] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Hisham Matar was nineteen years old he came across the Sienese School of painting for the first time. In the year in which Matar's life was shattered by the disappearance of his father the work of the great artists of Siena seemed to offer him a sense of hope. Over the years since then, Matar's feelings towards these paintings would deepen and, as he says, 'Siena began to occupy the sort of uneasy reverence the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: Hisham Matar; Hisham Matar; Hisham Matar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hisham Matar
ISBN: 9780241409503 0241409500
OCLC Number: 1083682026
Description: ix, 116 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Duccio's Door --
The Shape of a Room --
A Landing Place --
David and Goliath --
Armour, What Armour? --
The Bench --
Evidence --
The Museum Guards --
The Blue Ribbon --
Taking a Seat --
The Problem with Faith --
The Fire --
Il bagno turco --
The Angel's Predicament.
Responsibility: Hisham Matar.

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When Hisham Matar was nineteen years old he came across the Sienese School of painting for the first time. In the year in which Matar's life was shattered by the disappearance of his father the work of the great artists of Siena seemed to offer him a sense of hope. Over the years since then, Matar's feelings towards these paintings would deepen and, as he says, 'Siena began to occupy the sort of uneasy reverence the devout might feel towards Mecca or Rome or Jerusalem'. A Month in Siena is the encounter, twenty-five years later, between the writer and the city he had worshipped from afar. It is a dazzling evocation of an extraordinary place and its effect on the writer's life. It is an immersion in painting, a consideration of grief and a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and the human condition.

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Bewitching . . . Meditating on art, history and the relationship between them, this is both a portrait of a city and an affirmation of life's quiet dignities in the face of loss * The Economist, Read more...

 
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