Masters and Servants by Pierre Michon

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With his debut into English, 'Masters and Servants' captures the intimate and intricate detail work of five artists' lives through exquisitely crafted fiction. The Arles postmaster Roulin reveals Van Gogh's yellow countryside. Spanish women haunt the corners of Goya's Madrid, singsonging his eccentricities. Watteau's secret erotic portraiture captivates a parish priest. Lorentino, an obscure disciple of Piero della Francesca, daydreams of his master while bartering one of his finest paintings for a pig. A stranger spies on Claude Lorrain, becoming mesmerised by the painter's relationship to his landscape, slowly hypnotised by the beauty of the woodlands, as is Lorrain's brush.

About Pierre Michon

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Michon was born in Cards, France. He has won many prizes for his writing. Mason is a translator.
Published October 22, 2013 by Yale University Press. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most breathtaking, though, is ``The Life of Joseph Roulin,'' the postman who knew, and was painted by, Van Gogh, a simple man who came to understand that Van Gogh was ``someone who had believed so devotedly in this theory [of art] that he had become theory himself, ascended to almost the same hei...

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Michon is one of the best-kept secrets of modern French prose, a living refutation to pundits who regularly tell us that French writing is dead.

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