NLE 2012: Artistic Fictions / Fictional Artists
Literature has been inspired by visual art and music for as long as there has been literature, whether it be the dramatic “Song of the Sea” in the book of Exodus celebrating in song the crossing of the Red Sea narrated in the preceding lines, or Homer’s shield of Achilles, in which a poem conjures a visual triptych that illustrates a sequence of events. >>more
by Klemens Renoldner
Folio Verlag, 2011
Lily's Impatience is a family story: Lily, a 24 year old student, leaps to her death from a bridge. Her father, an architect by profession, stops working and ensconces himself in his farmhouse in Switzerland. He breaks off all contacts with the outer world and in a psychotic crisis loses his ability to speak. In his solitude the architect, who had once been quite successful as a painter, begins to paint again.
|| | CZECH REPUBLIC
by Monika Zgustova
The Feminist Press, 2011
Goya's Glass, a novel of love and betrayal, follows the lives of three women. The Duchess of Alba, known as Goya's muse, recalls on her deathbed the passions of youth. Božena Němcová defies the protocols of her arranged marriage to pursue love until she is condemned as a danger to society. Nina Berberova escapes persecution during the Russian Revolution and flees to Paris. These three women, caught in the crosshairs of history, find passion and self-expression in worlds that rarely accommodate female desire.
La Fin des Paysages
(The Last Landscape)
by Luc Lang
Four months before a retrospective of African Art at the new Tate Gallery of Liverpool, crates crash onto a dock crushing a worker. Martin Finley, assistant curator, tries to sort things out after the disastrous theft of some valuable pieces of art. His investigation gets more complicated when he has to take full responsibility for the exhibition after the apparent suicide of the curator.
Das kaputte Knie Gottes
(God's Damaged Knee)
by Marc Degens
Dennis and Mark have been friends since high school. Mark vacillates between becoming a writer or a teacher, but Dennis has discovered early on his calling as a sculptor of body parts in concrete, supporting himself with work in a porno movie theater and other odd jobs. But catastrophic TV coverage of his first exhibit changes everything, both his career as an artist and his friendship with Mark
Niedokończone życie Phoebe Hicks
(The Unfinished Life of Phoebe Hicks)
by Agnieszka Taborska
Collages by Selena Kimball
Słowo/Obraz Terytoria, forthcoming 2013
Taborska and Kimball’s fictional heroines are clairvoyant women whose internal visions are projected externally through art and are conditioned by the scientific contexts of their eras. Phoebe Hicks is a mid-nineteenth century, Providence, Rhode Island woman who gains access to the spiritual plane after surviving a particularly violent bout of poisoning from clam fritters. An early photographer surruptitiously captures her image through a window as she seemingly lay dying.
(The Bulgarian Truck)
by Dumitru Tsepeneag
Polirom Publishing House Iasi/Bucharest, 2010
A love affair between the main character/narrator and Milena/Mailena, a Slovak writer, comes into being in the virtual world, thanks to an assiduous exchange of e-mails, which intersect with the narrator’s messages to his wife, Marianne, who is in New York to treat a mysterious illness. In parallel, the narrator invents Tsvetan, a macho Bulgarian truck driver who is making his way across Europe, and Beatrice, an inscrutable dancer and lover of hedgehogs.
|| | SPAIN
La luz es más antigua que el amor
by Ricardo Menéndez Salmon
Seix Barral, Barcelona, 2010
In 1350, when Europe is still recovering from the Black Death, the future Pope Gregorio XI visits the painter Adriano de Robertis with the purpose of destroying his latest work, the blasphemous Virgin with a Beard. On February 25, 1970 the American painter Mark Rothko kills himself in his studio in New York. On September 11, 2001, while the world is deep in sorrow, the Russian painter Vsevolod Semiasin, writes a letter revealing the reasons for his madness. The story of these three masters is based on a mystery and on one main idea: the commitment of the painter to his art against the power held by the Church, the Trade and the Government.