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By Elizabeth Kostova

Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a wonderfully ordered life--solitary, probably, yet choked with devotion to his occupation and the portray pastime he loves. This order is destroyed whilst the popular painter Robert Oliver assaults a canvas within the nationwide Gallery of artwork and turns into Marlow's sufferer.

When Oliver refuses to speak or cooperate, Marlow unearths himself going past his personal criminal and moral barriers to appreciate the key that torments this silent genius, a trip that might lead him into the lives of the ladies closest to Robert Oliver and towards a tragedy on the middle of French Impressionism.

Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the past due 19th century to the past due 20th, from younger like to final love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a narrative of obsession, the losses of heritage, and the facility of artwork to maintain human hope.

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ALSO BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA The Historian Copyright Copyright © 2010 by Elizabeth Kostova All rights reserved. S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. com/littlebrown First eBook Edition: April 2010 Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Little, Brown name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

He hasn’t attempted anything here. He’s more like enraged. It’s like keeping a bear in a cage—a silent bear. But with this kind of presentation, I don’t want to just release him. He’s got to stay somewhere for a while, have someone figure out what’s really going on, and his meds will need fine-tuning. He did sign in voluntarily, and I bet he’ll go pretty willingly at this point. ” It was our old joke, and John rose obligingly to it. ” “Thanks for the compliment. And thanks especially for messing up my lunch break.

I waited. Then, observing that he wasn’t going to speak further, I stood up. “Mr. Oliver, I am here whenever you need me. And you are here so that we can care for you and help you get well again. Please feel free to have the nurse call me. I’ll come see you again soon. ” I couldn’t have known how thoroughly he would take me at my word. When I visited the next day, the nurse said he hadn’t spoken to her all morning, although he had eaten a little breakfast and seemed calm. His silence wasn’t reserved for the nurses; he didn’t speak to me either—not that day or the next, nor for the following twelve months.

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