The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal audiobook

The Anatomy Lesson: A Novel

By Nina Siegal
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Random House Audio 9780385538367
9.17 Hours 1
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Set in one day in 1632, The Anatomy Lesson is a stunning portrayal of Golden Age Amsterdam and a brilliantly imagined back-story to Rembrandt's first great work of art. Told from several points of view, ranging from a curio dealer who collects bodies for the city’s chief anatomist to philosopher Rene Descartes, the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection that is to be recorded by the twenty-six-year-old artist from Leiden who has yet to attach his famous signature to a painting.   As the story builds to its dramatic and inevitable conclusion, the events that transpire throughout the day sway Rembrandt to make fundamental changes to his initial composition. These changes will remain mysteries for centuries until a young art historian closely examines the painting in the twenty-first century, and makes surprising discoveries about the painter, his process, and his genius for capturing enduring truths about human nature in a single moment. Cast of Narrators: Author’s Note & Acknowledgements, read by the Author The Body / Adriaen “Aris” Adriaenszoon, read by Bruce Mann The Heart / Flora of Leiden, read by Emma Jayne Appleyard The Mouth / Jan Fetchet, read by Gildart Jackson The Eyes / Rembrandt, read by Steve West The Mind/ René Descartes, read by Adam Alexi-Malle The Hand / Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, read by Peter Altschuler Conservator’s Notes / Pia de Graaf, read by Hannah Curtis

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Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Multivoiced Performance

Set in one day in 1632, The Anatomy Lesson is a stunning portrayal of Golden Age Amsterdam and a brilliantly imagined back-story to Rembrandt's first great work of art. Told from several points of view, ranging from a curio dealer who collects bodies for the city’s chief anatomist to philosopher Rene Descartes, the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection that is to be recorded by the twenty-six-year-old artist from Leiden who has yet to attach his famous signature to a painting.   As the story builds to its dramatic and inevitable conclusion, the events that transpire throughout the day sway Rembrandt to make fundamental changes to his initial composition. These changes will remain mysteries for centuries until a young art historian closely examines the painting in the twenty-first century, and makes surprising discoveries about the painter, his process, and his genius for capturing enduring truths about human nature in a single moment. Cast of Narrators: Author’s Note & Acknowledgements, read by the Author The Body / Adriaen “Aris” Adriaenszoon, read by Bruce Mann The Heart / Flora of Leiden, read by Emma Jayne Appleyard The Mouth / Jan Fetchet, read by Gildart Jackson The Eyes / Rembrandt, read by Steve West The Mind/ René Descartes, read by Adam Alexi-Malle The Hand / Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, read by Peter Altschuler Conservator’s Notes / Pia de Graaf, read by Hannah Curtis

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly structured, wonderfully evocative, filled with vivid characters, The Anatomy Lesson transports the reader to that day in 1632 when the coat thief Aris Kindt passed from life to death and from death, thanks first to Rembrandt and now Nina Siegal, into immortality. A dazzling debut.” Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author
“Siegal alternates between the perspectives of her characters to create a literary page-turner that captures a story behind a masterpiece, but her talent is in exploring the wrenching emotion of loss and the price that’s paid for trying to understand human life.” Oprah.com, Book of the Week
“Splendid…Through masterful use of subtle details, embroidered into beautiful writing, Siegal suggests that art and violence often intertwine.” Publishers Weekly
“Rich in historical detail about the day-to-day life and philosophical debates of  seventeenth-century Amsterdam, this is an intriguing read.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Nina Siegal

Author Bio: Nina Siegal

Nina Siegal received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the recipient of the Jack Leggett Fellowship from Iowa, a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and other grants and awards. She has covered fine art and culture for the New York Times, Bloomberg News, the International Herald Tribune, W, Art in America, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English