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A Month in Siena

Hisham Matar



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06 January 2020
Renaissance art; Biography; Memoirs; Travel writing
Shortly after completing his searing work of non-fiction, 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.
By:   Hisham Matar
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9780241409503
ISBN 10:   0241409500
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   06 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He is the author of two novels, In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance and a work of non-fiction, The Return. In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the National Critics Book Circle Award in the US and won six international literary awards. The Return won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the Folio Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards around the world including the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction. Hisham Matar lives in London.

Reviews for A Month in Siena

Exquisite * Observer * Extraordinary * Financial Times * Truly remarkable * Daily Telegraph, on The Return * It is likely to become a classic * Colm Toibin, on The Return * As exquisitely structured as The Return, driven by desire, yearning, loss, illuminated by the kindness of strangers. A Month in Siena is a triumph * Peter Carey * Hisham Matar is a brilliant narrative architect and prose stylist, his pared-down approach and measured pace a striking complement to the emotional tumult of his material * Wall Street Journal * A thing of beauty and wisdom * Monocle * An exquisite, deeply affecting book * Evening Standard * This book tells us much about the extraordinary power of art to inspire * Literary Review * An intensely moving book, at once an affirmation of life's quiet dignities in the face of loss and a portrait of a city that comes to stand for all cities * The Economist *

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