How to Paint a Dead Man, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is a Booker-longlisted novel of art, absence, loss and passion, from Britain's most exciting contemporary writer.

In 1960s Italy, a dying artist - a recluse, and an enigma to strangers and loved ones alike - begins his last painting.

In Cumbria thirty years later, a landscape artist - and admirer of the Italian painter - finds himself trapped in the extreme terrain that has made him famous. And in present-day London, his daughter, an art curator struggling with sudden grief while planning an exhibition about the lives of the twentieth-century European masters, is drawn into a world of darkness and sexual abandon.




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Loved this book - the writing is amazing and the stories are interesting - can't believe it took me so long to choose it from my TBR stack! My only complaint was that I wasn't ready when the book finished - I wanted to know more about the characters and where their lives were going and there were a couple of little mysteries I would have liked cleared up but overall, just fabulous!

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A strange virtually plotless book from Sarah Hall. Alternating chapters of different, unrelated characters. An Italian painter, a blind Italian girl, the daughter of a painter in Britain mourning the loss of a brother. Each gives us their inner thoughts. I'm sure there is something there relating to art and loss but it was too deep for me to find it. Ms Hall uses the opportunity to display a great range of descriptive writing without the bother of too much story telling. A great source of thoughtful imagery.

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