The Forger

The Forger

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An exciting new novel, by the author of The Story of My Disappearance and Archangel.

At the turn of World War II, David Halifax is a young American painter who receives a scholarship to come to Paris and work under the tutelage of the mysterious and brilliant Russian painter, Alexander Pankratov. Getting more than he bargained for, Halifax is quickly subjected to Pankratov's rigid will, and beguiled by the quiet, nude model who poses before them.

But Paris is also a city that is holding its breath. The Nazi forces are slowly penetrating the Maginot Line, and the once-indominitable city is now expecting the worst. Beneath Paris' blanket of fear and eerie calm, David Halifax relizes the true purpose of his visit: Pankratov is to train him in duplicating the masterworks of the Paris museums, and with the aid of a wily art dealer, barter the fakes to Hilter's legion of art dealers. What developes is cat and mouse game through Paris' silent streets, in the tunnels beneath its museums, and eventually into the scorched countryside of Normandy.

In David and Pankratov's frantic race to complete the uncompletable, both are forced to confront the terrible sacrifices one must finally make for art; a sacrifice of identity, and perhaps of the soul.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312265939
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 322 pages, 1 unnumbered page :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Feb 07, 2015

On the eve of World War II, a young American artist receives a scholarship to come to Paris and work under the tutelage of a mysterious and mercurial Russian artist.

With the German invasion imminent, the young artist realizes the true purpose of his visit: to train him to duplicate the masterworks of the Paris museums and to barter the fakes to Hitler's art dealers.

This book is so good that I was sorry it ended.


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