The Portrait (Paperback) by Otten Willem Jan Colmer David
The Portrait is an ingenious novel from one of Holland's greatest living writers. Reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray it is narrated by a canvas - a key eye-witness to and participant in an extraordinary story. A young painter loved for his fine and true-to-life portraits receives a commission that is unlike any he's had before: make a portrait of a dead boy. 'You will save a life with it' says the boy's extremely rich father. But who was the boy? Why is he dead? Why when the painting is finished does the father not come to collect it? And why does the artist undertake this painting? In a breathtaking feat Willem Jan Otten plays with secrets and riddles that the reader can only unravel at the very end. Masterfully translated by the award-winning David Colmer Otten here demonstrates his rare gifts to English readers for the first time.