Painting Time (Paperback)
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Painting Time (Paperback)

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Published: 03/03/2022
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"Maylis de Kerangal conjures the same painterly realism her characters hope to achieve in paint"London Magazine

"Evocative and exhilerating" Booklist

"Maylis de Kerangal is mining a rich and individual seam" TImes Literary Supplement

Behind the ornate doors of the Institut de Peinture in Brussels, Kate, Jonas and Paula begin their apprenticeship in decorative painting, the art of visual deception. An intense year of study will cement a friendship that lasts long after their formal education ends.

Paula's initiation into trompe l'oeil will take her back through time and place as she strives for perfection. From her work on the film sets of Cinecittà to the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, her experiences will transcend artistic endeavour and gradually reveal something of her own inner world and the secret, unreachable desires of her heart.

This is a coming-of-age novel like no other: an atmospheric and highly aesthetic portrayal of love, art and craftsmanship from the prize-winning author of Birth of a Bridge and Mend the Living.

Translated from the French by Jessica Moore

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781787479531
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

As she has so often done, de Kerangal shows there is poetry to be found in our jargon, and stories embedded in our tools . . . This is writing that defies haste, that slows the eye. It is also a mighty feat of translation . . . Cements [de Kerangal's] reputation as one of contemporary fiction's most gifted sentence builders - Beejay Silcox, Guardian

The book is a joyful testament to the rigours of research, and to the translator's art too . . . Maylis de Kerangal is mining a rich and individual seam - Jonathan Gibbs, TLS

Intensely alive, encompassing both the technical and the poetic, emotion and cerebrality - Raphaëlle Leyris, Le Monde

Always brilliant, executed in flowing, lyrical prose that had already reached the firmament in [Mend the Living] . . . De Kerangal finds fiction in reality; precise, technical vocabulary is imbued with rich imagination and meaning. And mastering trompe-l'œil - isn't that the ideal metaphor for the work of a novelist? - Frédérique Roussel, Libération

The art of painting in perfect harmony with de Kerangal's writing; visual, flamboyant, assured . . . in perfect alignment with her subject - Marine Landrot, Télérama

Kerangal's elegant, sexy, subtly Proustian, and fluidly dimensional drama of discipline and passion, imitation andimagination is resplendently evocative and exhilarating. - Donna Seaman, Booklist

Long looping sentences, beautifully translated from the French by Jessica Moore, are balanced by taut scene changes . . . De Kerangal conjures the same painterly realism that her characters hope to achieve in paint - London Magazine

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“Interesting and informative”

I was sent a copy of Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal to read and review by NetGalley. For me this felt more like an observation of art techniques, especially of Trompe-l'œil, with an under-story of... More

Hardback edition
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“Novel set in EUROPE and across EUROPE”

Behind the ornate doors of 30, rue du Métal in Brussels, 20 students begin their apprenticeship in the art of decorative painting…. the art of trompe l’oeil, the recreation of textures, surfaces and finishes designed... More

Hardback edition
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“Two artist friends and their differing careers”

A literary novel which guides you through the lives of the artists Paula and Jonas, who are learning trompe l’oeil techniques. It’s as though you are watching them paint, laugh and love. Their story has many ups and... More

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