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By Pauline Holdstock

The creative global of mid-16th Century Italy involves existence in the course of the eyes of a piebald slave stolen from her domestic and family members in Africa.

Chiara, as she is finally named, is offered to Paolo Pallavicino, an artist in carrier of Giuliano de Medici. while numerous unlucky incidents happen, the artist's spouse believes her to be a curse and calls for that she be despatched away. From this place to begin, Chiara works her means from painter to painter, looking at the video games the artists play on one another and the rivalries that gas their inventive creations.

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ISBN: 0345441788
EAN: 9780345441782
ASIN: 0345441788
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Number of Pages: 784
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We would sleep there and study there. We would botanize. So Odile was left to take her leeches and grief into the château which, with so many of the servants in Paris, must have been a very lonely place indeed. Although, I thought, perhaps they like it, perhaps they have secret balls and grand dinners where they wear my parents’ clothes and drink the best of our cellar and perform plays and juggling tricks when Bébé has gone to bed. Let them dance, I thought, poor creatures. But of course there were no dancing parties in the château.

You may glimpse this uppity creature as we pass. I have omitted mention of the most serious defect of my uncle’s vehicle—the lack of steering. There are more faults besides, but who could really care? The two-wheeled célérifère was one of those dazzling machines that are initially mocked for their impracticality until, all in a great rush, like an Italian footman falling down a staircase, they arrive in front of us, unavoidably real and extraordinarily useful. The years before 1805, when I was first delivered to my mother’s breast, constituted an age of inventions of great beauty and great terror—and I was very soon aware of all of this without knowing exactly what the beauty or the terror were.

At least it was not me who found it and it makes my pulse race, even now, to imagine how my mother might have reacted if I had. Her upsets were never predictable. As for her maternal passions, these were not conventionally expressed, although I relished those occasions, by no means infrequent, when she feared that I would die. It is recorded that, in the year of 1809, she called the doctor on fifty-three occasions. Twenty years later she would still be taking the most outlandish steps to save my life.

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