Nostalgia by Jonathan Buckley

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Nostalgia is his eighth novel, and is as strange, as nuanced and as peculiar as everything else he's done, and certainly as good as anything by the dozen or so big brand names of contemporary Eng Lit.
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The small Tuscan town of Castelluccio is preparing for its annual festival, a spectacular pageant in which a leading role will be taken by the self-exiled English painter Gideon Westfall. A man proudly out of step with modernity, Westfall is regarded by some as a maestro, but in Castelluccio - as in the wider art world - he has his enemies, and his niece - just arrived from England - is no great admirer either. At the same time a local girl is missing, a disappearance that seems to implicate the artist. But the life and art of Gideon Westfall form just one strand of Nostalgia, a novel that teems with incidents and characters, from religious visionaries to folk heroes. Constantly shifting between the panoramic and the intimate, between the past and the present, Nostalgia is as intricately structured as a symphony, interweaving the narratives of history, legend, architecture - and much more - in a kaleidoscope of facts and invention.
 

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Written and researched by Jonathan Buckley with additional research by Charles Hebbert and Kate Hughes. Jonathan Buckley is the co-author of the Rough Guides to Tuscany and Umbria and Florence, and has published three novels: The Biography of Thomas Lang, Xerxes and Ghost MacIndoe.
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Sort of Books. 480 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Mar 15 2013

Nostalgia is his eighth novel, and is as strange, as nuanced and as peculiar as everything else he's done, and certainly as good as anything by the dozen or so big brand names of contemporary Eng Lit.

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