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The Invention of Truth

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The talented Italian author of Girl in a Turban now intertwines two narratives: the first about a French queen who calls upon 300 of her kingdom's most talented women to bring to life her vision of what will become the famous Bayeaux tapestry and the second about the great English art critic John Ruskin who arrives in the grimy city of Amiens to reflect upon his life.
Paperback, 99 pages
Published January 28th 1995 by Ecco Press (first published 1988)
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Pat
Jun 13, 2010 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a jewel of a book. I began by savoring, parsing out little bits of reading to myself but then I devoured it.

Two stories recounted in parallel, the making of the Bayeux tapestry by queen Matilda and 300 women, and John Ruskin readin the Cathedral in Amiens; together these create a meditation on the making and experiencing of art. The implicit comparison between thread and stone is brilliant, heartfelt narrative, talent, and skill joining the two.
Jeffrey
Aug 22, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
An exquisite little novella that links the tapestry (an imagined creation that is) and the aesthetic master John Ruskin's final voyage to the continent to see Amiens Cathedral - delicious in ever detail
Robert Wechsler
Feb 14, 2014 Robert Wechsler rated it liked it
Shelves: italian-lit
It would have been hard for this book to have been as good as The Alphonse Courrier Affair, and it isn’t. It is instead an almost ethereal novella with two alternating stories, neither of which is really a story and which are related aesthetically. This makes the work sound more intellectual than it is. The prose is not, nor so much are the themes, especially in the tapestry story (the other, about John Ruskin, is certainly aided by having read Ruskin, or at least knowing who he was).

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Adam
Aug 01, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it
A historical-fiction novella from an Italian author, linking two richly-imagined episodes in Anglo/Franco art history. Victorian aesthete John Ruskin makes, late in life, a final visit to a favorite cathedral in Amiens. And--at the same time, trading in 2-page increments--we get a legend-like tale of a medieval queen who gathers 300 needlewoman from her kingdom to produce one massive, inspired piece of embroidery.

The intermingling of private and public truth "invented" through a pursuit of art,
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Sue
Nov 03, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Part John Ruskin on final tour/part seamstress for a queen's tapestry both in Amiens, France. Loved the seamstress part. Definitely in this trend of micro moments, that I am not sure I approve of. Sick of the trend perhaps? Perhaps I am just a malcontent because as much as I love Colum McCann, I get sick of his macro moments in literature too. I intend to check out Morazzoni's Girl in a Turban.
Tommie
Jan 13, 2016 Tommie rated it it was ok
Shelves: france
This is a very prettily written book, but despite being slim it felt like a slog and was ultimately an unrewarding read for me
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