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Pictures at an Exhibition
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Set in a Paris darkened by World War II, Sara Houghteling’s sweeping and sensuous debut novel tells the story of a son’s quest to recover his family’s lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation.
Born to an art dealer and his pianist wife, Max Berenzon is forbidden from entering the family business for reasons he cannot understand. He reluctantly attends medical school, reserving his true passion for his father’s beautiful and brilliant gallery assistant, Rose Clément. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding. They return in 1944 to find that their priceless collection has vanished. Madly driven to recover his father’s paintings, Max navigates a torn city of corrupt art dealers, black marketers, Résistants, and collaborators. His quest will reveal the tragic disappearance of his closest friend, the heroism of his lost love, and the truth behind a devastating family secret.
Written with tense drama and a historian’s eye for detail, Houghteling’s novel draws on the real-life stories of France’s preeminent art-dealing familes and the forgotten biography of the only French woman to work as a double agent inside the Nazis’ looted art stronghold.
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Street Date:
02/17/2009
Language:
English
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Sara Houghteling. (2009). Pictures at an Exhibition. Unabridged Books on Tape.

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Sara Houghteling. 2009. Pictures At an Exhibition. Books on Tape.

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Sara Houghteling. Pictures At an Exhibition. Unabridged Books on Tape, 2009.

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Born to an art dealer and his pianist wife, Max Berenzon is forbidden from entering the family business for reasons he cannot understand. He reluctantly attends medical school, reserving his true passion for his father’s beautiful and brilliant gallery assistant, Rose Clément. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding. They return in 1944 to find that their priceless collection has vanished. Madly driven to recover his father’s paintings, Max navigates a torn city of corrupt art dealers, black marketers, Résistants, and collaborators. His quest will reveal the tragic disappearance of his closest friend, the heroism of his lost love, and the truth behind a devastating family secret.
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      • content: "Houghteling's vivid descriptions of paintings and their power add to the allure of this impressive debut novel."
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      • content: "Houghteling received a Fulbright to study paintings that went missing during the war, and the detail shines through in this first novel, which effectively depicts the new reality for Jews in postwar Europe."
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      • content: "Pictures at an Exhibition is remarkably self-assured, astute, worldly, and well-informed; in fact, it does not look like a first novel at all. Its subject-matter--stolen paintings, and Nazis, and the insatiable hunger for beauty--requires both erudition and brilliance, and Sara Houghteling has plenty of both, along with a sense of humor and a warm heart."
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      • source: Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa
      • content: "A timely and touching first novel set in the World War II Paris art world that will appeal to all art lovers and especially to those addicted to following the vagaries of Nazi loot."
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      • source: Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli
      • content: "In times like this, one turns to books like Pictures at an Exhibition for their exhilarating sense of wonder and ambition. No other book I have read in a long time has such depth of history and intelligence, setting art as antidote for suffering, and love as both a cause and remedy for pain."
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      • source: Sophie Gee, author of The Scandal of the Season
      • content: "What a beautiful book! Sara Houghteling's theme here is attachment: to the beauty of art, to childhood, to a world before loss and tragedy. The Paris she conjures for us is vivid and sad, the paintings she describes are glorious. Her prose is luminous."
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      • source: Dustin Thomason, co-author of The Rule of Four
      • content: "In Pictures at an Exhibition, Sara Houghteling breathes new life into one of history's great, unfinished stories. As exquisitely detailed and lavishly sensuous as the paintings that populate its pages, this is a riveting debut."
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      • content: After fleeing the Nazi occupation of Paris, Max Berenzon, son of a prominent art dealer, returns in 1944 to discover that his father's fabulous collection of fine art has been looted by the Germans. Max visits notable dealers, artists, and collectors in an attempt to locate the vanished treasures, and to find Rose ClĂ©ment, the woman he loves. Max uncovers secrets that shake his already-devastated world. Mark Bramhall's reading is low-key and understated, yet intense and immediate. Bramhall's thoughtful performance makes Houghteling's austere prose feel like poetry--lyrical, eloquent, and controlled. Houghteling's well-researched details are poignant--sometimes heartbreaking--and fascinating, and Bramhall delivers all effectively, without pyrotechnics. Artfully conceived and beautifully narrated, this audiobook will capture the hearts and imaginations of listeners. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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        November 17, 2008
        A young French-Jewish man obsesses about taking over his father’s fine art dealership before WWII, and tries to locate its lost canvases in the war’s aftermath in Houghteling’s ambitious and satisfying debut novel. Halfhearted medical student Max Berenzon tries to impress upon his father, Daniel, that he should inherit the business, and spends the rest of his energy wooing Rose, the gallery assistant. But the war soon makes talk of the future a moot point, and the Berenzons survive the war in a cellar in the south of France. When father and son return to Paris, their gallery is empty, looted by the Nazis. In dirty postwar Paris, Max chases both the missing art and Rose, and though both his targets remain elusive and the gaping hole left by the roundup of French Jews is impossible to close, Max does shed light on his own family’s secret tragedy. Houghteling dazzlingly recreates the horrors of war, and it’s the small, smart details—a painting that was a sentimental family treasure turning up years later in an ordinary gallery; an offhanded anti-Semitic remark in a cafe—that make one uncommon family’s suffering all the more powerful.

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Born to an art dealer and his pianist wife, Max Berenzon is forbidden from entering the family business for reasons he cannot understand. He reluctantly attends medical school, reserving his true passion for his father’s beautiful and brilliant gallery assistant, Rose Clément. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding. They return in 1944 to find that their priceless collection has vanished. Madly driven to recover his father’s paintings, Max navigates a torn city of corrupt art dealers, black marketers, Résistants, and collaborators. His quest will reveal the tragic disappearance of his closest friend, the heroism of his lost love, and the truth behind a devastating family secret.
Written with tense drama...
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