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From the bestselling author of The Bird Artist, the final book in his Canadian trilogy (with The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard): a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and murder

It is 1927. Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Across Canada, Linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, in London, of a

Mr. Radin Heurtheirs is a macabre duet of art and violence.

When Peter arrives on the night of his employers wedding, his life changes in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Falling under the spell of Viennas brilliant and beautiful wife, Kala Murie, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peters native Halifax, where he reluctantly comes to share Kalas obsession with spirit photographs as Viennas violent art reaches a terrifying climax.

Howard Norman is a National Book Award finalist for both The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist. His other works include The Museum Guard and The Chauffeur, a collection of stories. He has received the Lannan Award for fiction and lives with his family in Vermont and Washington, D.C.

It is 1927. Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Peter's life is about to change in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Across Canada, Vienna Linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, in London, of a Mr. Radin Heurtheirs is a macabre duet of art and violence.

After a strenuous journey, Peter arrives in Churchill on the very night of his employer's wedding only to fall under the spell of Vienna's brilliant, beautiful new wife, Kala Murie. Several months later, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peter's native Halifax. Peter is drawn ever more to Kala as he reluctantly comes to share her obsession with "spirit-pictures," photographs in which the faces of the long-dead or forgotten mysteriously appear, and as he sees ever more terrifying scenes come to life in the darkroom.

Howard Norman's The Haunting of L., the final book in his Canadian trilogy, is a fable of moral blindness and artistic ambitiona thrilling tale set on the margins of the civilized world.

"Howard Norman's The Haunting of L. is his best work yet, a novel of romantic suspense which grips our attention and touches our hearts. Through Mr. Norman's extraordinary gift of listening to the past, these voices speak again, photographs light up and move, lives driven by spiritual as much as by earthly passions are recovered and redeemed."Thomas Pynchon

"Howard Norman's The Haunting of L. is a chilling fable of moral blindness and artistic ambition, from a writer of complexly tragic vision."Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

"On the surface, The Haunting of L. is quick and light, pulling the reader into passage that are comic and erotic and emotionally moving at the same time."The Boston Globe

"[The Haunting of L.] confirms his status as one of out most unusual literary risk-takers."The Seattle Times

"The final book in Norman's Canadian trilogy, this beautifully crafted novelset in Manitoba and Halifaxbecomes a chilling fable about moral blindness, spirit photography, adultery, artistic ambitionm and greed."Ploughshares

"A chilling fable about manners, obsession, and moral blindness."The Boston Metro

"In a sense, The Haunting of L. offers a protracted debate about the existence of the soul. But here, too, Norman refuses to play by simple rules . . . There is considerable suspense here, and great depth of feeling, but it's the sheer, melancholic oddity of the book that will haunt most readers to the very end."The Atlantic Monthly

"Impossible to put down . . . It's a quirky yarn full of spiritualists and beat cops, red herrings and smoking guns . . . Like his 1994 novel The Bird Artist, this new story suggests that love is a leap of faith, one taken-most often-in a blinding snowstorm."Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

ar"A spine-tingling tale of illicit passions and macabre obsession . . . With great subtlety and polish, Howard Norman creates a fictional world in which humans are haunted at every turn by their own spirits as well as by those of the dead. Everything operates on two levelsthe seen and the unseenso that the novel becomes itself a literary equivalent of the 'spirit picture.' In its intensity, the haunting atmosphere of this tale is both thrilling and horrifying. Above all, it is unforgettable."Michael Shelden, The Baltimore Sun

"As with The Bird Artist, Howard Norman here makes brilliant metaphoric use of the portrait-maker's compulsion. Mysterious, morally complex, and erotically charged, The Haunting of L. is compelling on every level."Andrea Barrett

"Mr. Norman writes, as always, with an insistent othernesshe most certainly is observing a world, in the words of Kipling, 'beside the one you know.' His vision is beautiful, disquieting, and cumulatively quite shockingly persuasive."David Mamet

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The Bird Artist, the final book in his Canadian trilogy (with The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard): a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and murder

It is 1927. Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Across Canada, Linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, in London, of a

Mr. Radin Heur—theirs is a macabre duet of art and violence.

When Peter arrives on the night of his employers wedding, his life changes in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Falling under the spell of Viennas brilliant and beautiful wife, Kala Murie, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peters native Halifax, where he reluctantly comes to share Kalas obsession with spirit photographs as Viennas violent art reaches a terrifying climax.

Synopsis:

The final book in Norman's Canadian trilogy, this is a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and greed. "The Haunting of L." is a chilling fable of moral blindness and artistic ambition, from a writer of "complexly tragic vision" (Richard Bernstein, "The New York Times").

About the Author

Howard Norman is the author of three novels—The Northern Lights, The Bird Artist, and The Museum Guard—and a story collection, The Chauffeur. He has twice been named as a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives with his family in Vermont and Washington D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312421663
Author:
Norman, Howard
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Photographers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador USA - English 9780312421663 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
From the bestselling author of The Bird Artist, the final book in his Canadian trilogy (with The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard): a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and murder

It is 1927. Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Across Canada, Linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, in London, of a

Mr. Radin Heur—theirs is a macabre duet of art and violence.

When Peter arrives on the night of his employers wedding, his life changes in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Falling under the spell of Viennas brilliant and beautiful wife, Kala Murie, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peters native Halifax, where he reluctantly comes to share Kalas obsession with spirit photographs as Viennas violent art reaches a terrifying climax.

"Synopsis" by , The final book in Norman's Canadian trilogy, this is a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and greed. "The Haunting of L." is a chilling fable of moral blindness and artistic ambition, from a writer of "complexly tragic vision" (Richard Bernstein, "The New York Times").
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