Picasso: Creator and Destroyer

By Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington
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19.50 Hours 01/01/1994 unabridged
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This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions—for painting, women, and ideas—were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women—and men—who fell under his hypnotic spell. Drawing on a wealth of startling revelations, including the vivid memories of Picasso’s daughter Maya and the heretofore untold recollections of Françoise Gilot, who shared his life for ten years and bore two of his children, the author has stripped bare the romantic myths to reveal, in all its volatile complexity, Picasso’s lifelong struggle between his power to create and his compulsion to destroy.

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This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions—for painting, women, and ideas—were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women—and men—who fell under his hypnotic spell.

Drawing on a wealth of startling revelations, including the vivid memories of Picasso’s daughter Maya and the heretofore untold recollections of Françoise Gilot, who shared his life for ten years and bore two of his children, the author has stripped bare the romantic myths to reveal, in all its volatile complexity, Picasso’s lifelong struggle between his power to create and his compulsion to destroy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Picasso of Huffington’s book is a wretchedly flawed genius, sadistic and treacherous, a liar who betrayed friends and colleagues…It is, in short, the kind of story for which gossips—and scriptwriters—would kill.” People
“Picasso’s prolific creativity, Huffington argues, was fueled by his brutal candor and studied indifference to people and to social convention.” Atlantic
“Huffington…has written an astonishing biography, a shocking portrait of a man driven by a compulsive need to destroy even as his creativity burst forth.” Publishers Weekly
“The reading is easy to listen to, well-dramatized, and the production values are good. The biography won’t go out of style.” AudioFile
“The life of Picasso contains rich material for an accomplished celebrity biographer [and] Huffington’s literary credentials are appropriate.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington was raised in Greece and graduated from Cambridge University. She has written numerous books, appeared on countless television and radio shows, and launched the Huffington Post, an enormously successful online source of news and opinion. In 2006 she was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Her works include On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life; Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America; How to Overthrow the Government; and Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom, among others. She has written numerous New York Times bestsellers, including her book Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, which was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 19.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English