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I Am Venus

Bárbara Mujica

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ISBN 13: 9781468306576
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Hardcover
Overlook
6/13/13

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By the acclaimed author of Frida and Sister Teresa, I Am Venus chronicles the scandalous affair between the great Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velázquez and a young model named Venus—and the grave consequences of their love.

In seventeenth-century Spain, Diego Velázquez quickly rises from an obscure artist to the official court painter for King Philip IV. Now a prominent member of the court, Velázquez becomes increasingly immersed in a world of political rivalry, malicious gossip, and indiscriminant cruelty. Told from the point of view of the model who posed for one of Velázquez’s most famous works—"The Rokeby Venus" —I Am Venus is a seductive tale of jealousy, betrayal, loss, and ambition.
Praise for Frida:

"Brilliantly crafted, this book resonates with historical and psychological insight. Highly recommended." —Library Journal (starred review)

"The best kind of fictionalized biography: rich, vibrant, and psychologically acute." —Kirkus Reviews

"Burns with dramatic urgency." —The New York Times Book Review

Bárbara Mujica is a novelist, short-story writer, critic, and professor at Georgetown University. She is the author of acclaimed novels Sister Teresa and Frida, also published by Overlook. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she has won numerous awards. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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