The Painter of Battles

The Painter of Battles

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Andrés Faulques, a world-renowned war photographer, has retired to a life of solitude on the Spanish coast. On the walls of a tower overlooking the sea, he spends his days painting a huge mural that pays homage to history's classic works of war art and that incorporates a lifetime of disturbing images. One night, an unexpected visitor arrives at Faulques' door and challenges the painter to remember him. 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 and that he is going to kill Faulques.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
ISBN: 9781400065981
1400065984
Characteristics: 211 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers

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JennaDLibrarian Sep 12, 2013

A retired war photographer named Andres Faulques paints a mural in an isolated place in Spain. One day, a man finds Faulques. The man reveals that he has come to kill him. However, before the man will do the deed, he and Faulques embark on a long conversation that covers war, art, love, betrayal, philosophy and the memories that have brought both men to this place. This is a stunningly written book that will appeal to those who love purely beautiful writing.

trilla Sep 30, 2011

A very intense, dense book. Not an easy read but beautifully written and very evocative. Poses difficult questions regarding effect of photographing and reporting of war. Haunting.

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jang34
Dec 29, 2010

This writer (and/or his translator) has nearly unmatched literary skill - dozens of one-liners you want emblazoned on your memory, descriptions of battle so keen they rise to the level of 'virtual' experience. I am eager to read other work by Perez-Reverte.

However, he is so talented that this particular book is a real downer. As a war journalist, he clearly has experienced himself what he works to convey in this book. But it's a savage and hopeless message, and he repeats it again and again.

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