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When artist Stephen Bloodsmith creates a series of images inspired by Rubens’ trip to London in 1629, the fundamentals both of his world and of that of Rubens are challenged. The prints he makes become windows into another time, another world. But will nation cheat nation as men deceive women, women men?

Publication date: 31st October 2019

Harvey, who is fascinated by the creative process involved in the making of art, finds the perfect subject in Rubens' painting 'Peace and War' and its themes that intrigue and inspire a contemporary artist. The result is a many-layered novel, impressively skillful and deeply absorbing.

Anita Desai

Novels by John Harvey
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