• Portrait Of An Unknown Lady

Portrait Of An Unknown Lady

Portrait Of An Unknown Lady

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  • Author
    Maria Gainza
  • Publisher
    Random House
  • Publication date
    03 March 2022

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Portrait Of An Unknown Lady

  • Author

    Maria Gainza

  • Date Published

    03 March 2022

  • Publisher

    Random House

  • Pages

    208 pages

  • ISBN

    9781473597266

Book Description

In this dazzling story of art and illusion, secrets and schemes, who is to be trusted - and what is real?

From the internationally acclaimed author of Optic Nerve, a New York Times Notable Book 2019


'A writer who feels immediately important' Observer

At a hotel in Buenos Aires, a woman checks in under a pseudonym. She wears a black fur shawl and has no luggage. She is alone.

Over the coming days and nights, she tells a story, which begins with a secret shared in a local bath house, revealing art forgery and fraud on a dazzling scale. At its heart is an enigmatic genius who for years forged portraits of the city's elite, before disappearing without trace. It is a story of influence and intrigue, in which nothing is as it seems. We're not to expect 'names, numbers or dates', she cautions, but a more subtle kind of reckoning...

Told in a mordant, irresistible voice and full of sharp surprises, Portrait of an Unknown Lady is a captivating enquiry into what we mean by 'authenticity', in life as in art. At once poised and capricious, elegant and bold, it is a thrilling exploration of the relationships between what is lived, what is told, what is remembered, and what is real.

Translated from the Spanish by Thomas Bunstead

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