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Shortly after completing his searing work of nonfiction, The Return, Hisham Matar set off for Siena, a city he had never visited before. His plan was to see the paintings of the Sienese school, to immerse himself in the work of artists he admired perhaps above all others.
This month in Siena would be an extraordinary period in the life of this writer: an immersion in art, a consideration of grief and violence, an intimate encounter with the city and its inhabitants. Hisham Matar's short book is the story of how art can console and disturb in equal measure. It is a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and the human condition.
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Visit Siena with a cultured guide
A very refined intellectual visits the art of Siena and thinks cultured thoughts - too highbrow for me, I'm afraid. Left me with a lot of questions, unanswered.
Lovely little book
Beautiful book and it was very special to hear it read by the author. I’m not sure how I found it but I’m glad I did - it is a personal memoir of art, love and friendship that is quiet, elegant and beautiful in its observations. A real treat. I finished it in two days!