Secrecy

By | November 21, 2017
Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson
ISBN-10 1590516850
ISBN-13 9781590516850
Year 2014-04-22
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Other Press
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A sorcerer in wax A fugitive Haunted by a past he cannot escape Threatened by a future he cannot imagine Zummo a Sicilian sculptor is summoned by Cosimo III to join the Medici court Late seventeenth century Florence is a hotbed of repression and hypocrisy All forms of pleasure are brutally punished and the Grand Duke himself a man for whom marriage has been an exquisite torture hides his pain beneath a show of excessive piety The Grand Duke asks Zummo to produce a life size woman out of wax an antidote to the French wife who made him suffer so As Zummo wrestles with this unique commission he falls under the spell of a woman whose elusiveness mirrors his own but whose secrets are far more explosive Lurking in the wings is the poisonous Dominican priest Stufa who has it within his power to destroy Zummos livelihood if not his life In this highly charged novel Thomson brings Florence to life in all its vibrant sensuality while remaining entirely contemporary in his exploration of the tensions between love and solitude beauty and decay When reality becomes threatening not to say unfathomable survival strategies are tested to the limit Redemption is a possibility but only if the agonies of death and separation can be transcended

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