The swan thieves : a novel

Elizabeth Kostova.

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.


Frazier WalkerPosted March 5, 2013

Could an artist be so obsessed by a painting that he'd be compelled to destroy it? If so, why? This is the question psychiatrist Andrew Marlow wrestles with as he works to treat his newest patient, a painter of emerging fame and obvious genius, Rober...

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