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The Italian Teacher

The Costa Award Shortlisted Novel
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Cover TextSHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD
'Wickedly funny, deeply touching . . . I confess this was the first of Rachman's novels I'd read but I was so swept away by it that I raced out to buy the other three' PATRICK GALE
'Relentlessly entertaining' Daily Mail
Rome, 1955
The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome's historic villas, a party glitters with socialites and patrons. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast, masculine, meaty canvases, is their god. He is at the centre of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.From the side of the room watches little Pinch - their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, while Natalie faces her own wars with the art world. Trying to live up to his father's name - one of the twentieth century's fiercest and most controversial painters - Pinch never quite succeeds. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, he enacts an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.
What makes an artist? In The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman displays a nuanced understanding of art and its demons. Moreover, in Pinch he achieves a portrait of vulnerability and frustrated talent that - with his signature humour and humanity - challenges the very idea of greatness.
Additional textCompelling . . . His eye for the absurdities of the art world is cutting and funny
Details
ISBN/GTIN978-1-78648-260-0
Product TypePaperback
BindingPaperback
FormatB-format paperback
Publishing year2019
Publishing date15/03/2019
Pages384 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 128 mm, Height 198 mm, Thickness 25 mm
Weight260 g
Article no.35780124
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PrefaceThe Costa Award-shortlisted novel about fathers and sons, art and the meaning of life free of legacy
CritiqueOften wickedly funny - Rachman has an eye for life's cruelty worth of Waugh - but it is also deeply touching in its tender portrayals of life's victims . . . I confess this was the first of Rachman's novels I'd read but I was so swept away by it that I raced out to buy the other three Patrick Gale Daily Telegraph

Author

Rachman, Tom
Born in London and raised in Vancouver, Tom Rachman was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press stationed in Rome, then an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the author of three novels, the international bestseller The Imperfectionists; The Rise and Fall of Great Powers and The Italian Teacher, as well as a short stories collection, Basket of Deplorables. He lives in London.