Today’s post is to highlight the paperback release of The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal which is happening today! Take a look at what the book is about and then be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of the two copies up for giveaway!
A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons’ Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson. There is Aris the Kid, the condemned coat thief whose body is to be used for the dissection; Flora, his pregnant lover; Jan Fetchet, the curio dealer who acquires corpses for the doctor’s work; the great René Descartes, who will attend the dissection in his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and the Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment.
As the story builds to its dramatic conclusion, circumstances conspire to produce a famous painting—and an immortal painter. Vividly rendered, masterfully written, The Anatomy Lesson is a story of mind and body, death and love—and redemptive power of art.
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Praise for The Anatomy Lesson
“Siegal succeeds in the task she has set herself—to transmute her material into a work of art.” —The New Yorker
“Nina Siegal’s lovely novel dissects the dissection, evocatively translating the painted narrative into words.” —Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam
“Brilliantly structured. . . . Filled with vivid characters. . . . Dazzling.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“A thought-provoking and richly populated novel by a talented new voice.” —Shelf Awareness
“Virtually every sentence is drenched in the atmosphere of 17th-century Amsterdam. We feel as if we are walking at Rembrandt’s side, in a cell awaiting the execution of a thief, rushing through the streets with the condemned’s lover in hopes of saving him. This is a novel to be absorbed for its rich evocation of a single day when one man died and another rose to fame for his art.” —Historical Novel Society
“Splendid. . . . Through masterful use of subtle details, embroidered into beautiful writing, Siegal suggests that art and violence often intertwine.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Nina Siegal received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her BA from Cornell. She is the author of two novels, A Little Trouble With the Facts and The Anatomy Lesson, and is the recipient of many fellowships, grants, and awards, including the Jack Leggett Fellowship from Iowa, a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has covered fine art and culture for The New York Times, Bloomberg News, the International Herald Tribune, W, Art in America, and many other publications.
Readers can find Nina on Twitter @ninamsterdam and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ninasiegalauthor.
GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS
2 copies up for giveaway!
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Draw Date December 20/14