Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber audiobook

Forgery of Venus

By Michael Gruber
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Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical—he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly. This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past—not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing. Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness. Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.

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Summary

Summary

Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical—he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly.

This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past—not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing.

Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness.

Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ingenious…The author owns his subject matter and packs it with well-researched details, making this…a successful, suspenseful examination of insanity, forgery and reality.”  Chicago Sun-Times 
“[An] imaginative novel of psychological suspense.”  Boston Globe
“Michael Gruber’s new thriller, The Forgery of Venus, is as layered as a luminous portrait by an old master. A tour-de-force combination of suspense and characterization, as well as a primer on the world of art and art forgery.”  Seattle Times
“This terrific art thriller has history, thieves, insider snippets and a convoluted plot to keep you guessing.”  Toronto Globe and Mail
“Tantalizing…exhilarating. Retains the power from the first chapter to keep readers desperate for the suspenseful, addictive fix of every succeeding one. Forgery of Venus is a highly intelligent novel that entertains and educates.”  USA Today
The Forgery of Venus is the latest in Gruber’s series of amazing books. He has applied his deft touch to everything from Shakespeare to shamanism, yielding a finely drawn portrait of an engrossing world every time.”  New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Gruber is on a roll…[A] terrific art-historical thriller…A perfect place to get lost for a few days. Once again, Gruber mines a popular vein and strikes gold.”  Booklist (starred review)
“Gruber writes with a deft hand, creating a fallen hero who is likeable despite his faults.”  Library Journal
“Irresistible. Fast, frightening and, as usual, richly imagined.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 
“A quick and sharp romp through the art world. Downright delicious.”  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“This is an art lover’s dream. Mystery and obsession are textured with art history in a plot that explores not only the shifting nature of art, but also the complex nature of identity.”  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Michael Gruber giv[es] us a finale in which the excitement level is high because we don’t know who, if anyone, to trust. It’s a satisfying conclusion, one that will leave readers debating the morality of Wilmot’s final decision.”  Tampa Tribune

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Author Bio: Michael Gruber

Author Bio: Michael Gruber

Michael Gruber, a former marine biologist, restaurant cook, federal government official, and political speechwriter, traveled a fascinating path toward his latest occupation as the bestselling author of critically acclaimed thrillers such as The Book of Air and Shadows.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English