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Objects talk to him, revealing their stories and their essences. The following sections sometimes are continuous, but other times jump months or years, in order to observe Bruegel at key moments. One particularly fascinating section explores how paints are made. Toggle navigation. Browse our magazines Submit your novel for review. All articles Browse by Tag Browse Guides.

Blurbs and Reviews "A delightful book, one that carries us through the sixteenth-century picture-plane at extraordinary angles, illuminating Bruegel, his art and his world, with warmth and candor.

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Unbridled fascination with the depiction of worlds real and imagined. Rucker's keen insights into Peter Bruegel's spellbinding and politically subversive work underpin this animated, suspenseful, and affecting tale, a step up from Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring Biographical information about Bruegel is scant, but Rucker's sense that the painter was lively, compassionate, courageous, and determined feels right, and the characters Rucker invents to flesh out Bruegel's violent and precarious universe are equally compelling, especially the cultured mapmaker Abraham Ortelius, who is so careful to conceal his homosexuality; the sexy and volatile half-Native American, Williblad Cheroo, and Bruegel's smart, saucy wife.

Just as Bruegel's paintings are a great joy to behold even as they induce the viewer to face the grimmer aspects of life, Rucker's vivid imagining of Bruegel's trials and triumphs is set against a cutting indictment of the horrors of the Spanish occupation and Inquisition. Bruegel's great gift was his perception of the sacred in the earthy, and Rucker follows suit in this vital portrait of a sweet-natured disciple of life's fecund beauty in a time of cold-blooded tyranny.

Much of Rucker's success stems from his obvious identification with his subject. Given a relative paucity of solid historical data about Bruegel, Rucker is able to reverse-engineer the man from his paintings, and the result is a visionary artist who embodies Rucker's own dichotomous concern with the matters both of dirty earth and of numinous heaven.

Here we follow Bruegel's story from to in sixteen chapters that organize themselves around sixteen of the master's best-known paintings Showing best matches Show all copies.

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A Novel of Peter Bruegel

Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Forge Books. New York: Forge, [].. Octavo, boards. First edition.

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Historical novel imagining the life of Peter Bruegel c. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Seller: L. Currey, Inc. Published: []. ISBN: Forge Books, Dust Jacket is in a removable, clear plastic Brodart protector. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Pages are clean, text and pictures are intact and unmarred.

Fine in fine dust jacket.. First printing.

As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel

Historical novel by this writer best known for his science and science fiction writings. Rucker has taken what is known and imagined for us the life and world of a master who never got old.


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In sixteen chapters, each headed by a reproduction of one of the famous works, Rucker brings Bruegel's painter's progress and his colorful world to vibrant life. Seller: Bookfever. Appears unread. Near Fine condition.


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