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Andrés Faulques, a world-renowned war photographer, has retreated to a tower overlooking the Spanish coast, where he paints a vast mural incorporating the indelible images of conflict hes witnessed in his lifetime.

One night, an unexpected visitor interrupts his solitude. As Faulques struggles to recall the face, the man explains that he was the subject of an iconic photo taken by Faulques in a war zone years ago-a photo that destroyed his life. “And why have you come looking for me?” asks Faulques. The stranger answers, “Because Im going to kill you.”

So begins a life-or-death exchange in which Faulques is forced to recall a time when he loved a beautiful woman and risked his life daily for art and testimony. Yet as the tense dialogue between Faulques and his would-be killer continues, the stakes grow even higher. What they are grappling with becomes not just Faulques fate, but the very nature of love and cruelty itself.

About the Author

Arturo Pérez-Revertes bestselling books, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, The Fencing Master, and the Captain Alatriste series, have been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty countries and have sold millions of copies. Born in Cartagena, Spain, Pérez-Reverte now lives in Madrid, where he was recently elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. A former war journalist, he covered conflicts in Angola, Bosnia, Croatia, El Salvador, Lebanon, Nicaragua, the Persian Gulf, and Sudan, among others. He now writes fiction full time.

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julieb43, February 24, 2010 (view all comments by julieb43)
Brilliant overview of art history and photography combined with philosophical musings on the nature of war, humanity, and love.

The storytelling could have been better; this read more like non-fiction at times. The two main characters were interesting though, set against each other as in a life or death chess match.

There's some suspense as we wonder what will become of our anti-hero Faulques--will his nemesis succeed in killing him or will the two learn from each other.

Faulques' long-lost lover Olvido is also a multi-faceted character who goes from photographing beautiful interiors to photographing war zones.

In this age of global war this novel raises complex questions, the answers of which can be downright frightening.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812977301
Author:
Perez Reverte, Arturo
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Translator:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Author:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.96x5.30x.60 in. .39 lbs.

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