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Le portrait
Format
Poche
EAN13
9782264045430
ISBN
978-2-264-04543-0
Éditeur
10-18
Date de publication
Collection
POLAR (UGE 004030)
Nombre de pages
192
Dimensions
17,9 x 11,1 x 1,4 cm
Poids
136 g
Langue
français
Langue d'origine
anglais
Code dewey
849

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  • Vendu par Librairie David Long
    État de l'exemplaire
    Etat Correct
    Format
    poche. 2007. Broché. 189 pages. Iain Pears deals in a very sophisticated form of dark narrative; his elegantly written novels (of which The Portrait is a very persuasive example) now have a keen following. This book has the same impeccable storytelling and quietly malignant tone as the one that made his reputation An Instance of the Fingerpost. The new novel's punning strapline `vengeance is an art' refers to the art theme that is Pears' métier. In his books civilised people perform very uncivilised actions with the world of art a microcosm for the darker reaches of the human soul. Set on the bleak and windy island of Houat near the coast of Brittany The Portrait describes the retreat into isolation of the painter Henry MacAlpine who has performed a Gauguin-like cutting off of his previous life leaving a successful career in London (not to mention rich patrons and enthusiastic gallery owners) behind him for a more spartan existence in this unvisited spot. Several years pass and the reclusive MacAlpine is called upon by the first person he has seen from his old life in four years. This is the art critic William Nasmyth whose approbation (or otherwise) can make or destroy an artist's career. He has come he says to sit for a portrait. What follows is a remarkable battle of wills between two very driven individuals; a psychological duel that has echoes of the mordant writing in the early plays of Harold Pinter. The other analogy that springs to mind for Pears' compelling and disturbing novel is the Ingmar Bergman film Persona similarly set on a remote island which also treats of a personality shift between two strong-willed individuals. During the course of the sitting the real subject of the novel becomes clear through the conversation of the two men: this is a scarifying narrative of thwarted desire cruelty suicide and even murder. This spare and economical novel exerts a grip from the first paragraph and its two main protagonists are drawn with assiduously observed detail. --Barry Forshaw
    2.90 (Occasion)

Henry MacAlpine, jeune peintre ambitieux, est bien décidé à se faire une place sur la scène artistique londonienne du début du XXe siècle. Avec son ami et mentor, le féroce et tout-puissant critique William Nasmyth, ils vont bientôt en devenir les maîtres. Mais la rencontre de Henry avec Evelyn, une peintre rebelle et insaisissable, va tout bouleverser. Un beau jour, sans donner d'explication, Henry disparaît pour un exil volontaire sur l'île de Houat. Quatre ans plus tard, William Nasmyth le rejoint dans l'intention de faire réaliser son portrait. Au fil des séances de pose, un impitoyable duel se met en place entre les deux hommes tandis que la vérité sur le passé resurgit, impitoyable... Iain Pears dresse avec maestria la chronique au vitriol du monde de l'art dans ce thriller psychologique aussi cruel que subtil.
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