Little, Brown and Company, 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #279769
The follow-up novel to the hugely popular Historian, a novel about an artist whose defacement of a painting in a museum sets of the action. First edition (first printing). A fine, unread copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.
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.