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The Painter of Battles


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Arturo Perez-Reverte's 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, Perez-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.


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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

As a former war photographer paints a magnificent mural, a man whose life he has -ruined with a single snapshot approaches and pledges to kill him. Thus begins Perez-Reverte's ruthlessly examined tale of moral responsibility. Like the photographer himself, who once lay in wait with a sniper to capture his handicraft, we're brought uncomfortably close to human violence. (LJ 1/08) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"[Perez-Reverte's] best book yet . . . a game of mental chess, an excursion into art, history and imagination."
-The Times (London)

"A remarkable achievement. Not only does the clash of ideas and emotions echo after you have turned the last page-this novel will change what you see in images from datelines around the world."
-Scott Simon, author of Pretty Birds

"Arturo Perez-Reverte has established himself as the master of the intellectual thriller."
-Chicago Tribune "[A] taut literary thriller [with] meticulous detail and dark, brooding tone."
-Publishers Weekly "A gripping story of war, cruelty, testimony, and the past . . . Arturo Perez-Reverte is the great European storyteller of the 21st century."
-Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin "Reminds American readers of the sublime rhetoric of Faulkner and how such passages in the hands of a master can add to the momentum of the story."
-San Francisco Chronicle "A tour de force [that] explores the great themes of human existence."
-The Australian

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