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The painter of battles : a novel
Arturo Perez-Reverte
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Pérez-Reverte delivers a wonderfully suspenseful wartime thriller about a painter and photographer who receives a visit from his troubled past in the form of a man who was the subject of one of his photographs. Simon Vance's classical British accent brings added life to the story, offering a vivid reading that will transport listeners to another time and place. His delivery is clear and often unnerving, knowing exactly when and where to capture the profound sense of foreboding and tension that abounds. Vance's performance is remarkable. He brings central character Andres Faulques into existence through a tremendous attention to detail and dialect and a firm understanding of Pérez-Reverte's gripping tale. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 26, 2007). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Often called a master of the literary thriller for works like The Club Dumas, Perez-Reverte is much more than that, and his talent has never been on better display than it is here. The author draws on his experience as a war journalist to craft a ruthlessly examined tale of moral responsibility. Former war photographer Andrew Faulques is holed up in a tower, where he's painting a mural displaying the human experience of war as filtered through the great war paintings. Then a stranger arrives and calmly announces his plans to kill Faulques; having been immortalized in one of Faulques's images as the face of Croatian resistance during the recent Balkan wars ultimately destroyed this man's life. As Faulques cautiously unfolds his story to his would-be assailant, we're brought uncomfortably close to human violence and questions of both culpability and sheer human evil, summed up tersely in one scene of Faulques lying in wait with a sniper to photograph his work. Faulques rigidly adheres to the notion of a universe run mechanically by rules beyond our control (as he tells Olvido, his lover and colleague, killed on the job), and the narrative's tension derives partly from wondering whether Faulques will ultimately retain these beliefs. With extraordinary imagery; highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/07.]--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Andres Faulques
Award-winning war photographer; gave up on photography and had turned to painting; working on a battle-scene mural; trying to forget about his lover who was killed as he watched.
War photographer

Ivo Markovic
Arrives at Andres's house to kill him; believes that the photo he was in ruined his life; wants revenge on Andres.

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