Restoration by Olaf Olafsson
A Novel

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Olafsson’s minimizing of the obvious debt he owes Origo is so disingenuous that it leaves me wondering whether “Restoration” might be a fantastic joke about authorship and authority, authenticity and authentication.
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“A tremendous talent.”
Boston Globe

Restoration is an elegantly constructed work of fiction, seamlessly moving between the past and the present.”
—Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena

Acclaimed novelist Olaf Olafsson brings us Restoration, a sweeping story of love tested by human frailty and the terrors and tragedies of war.  Departing from the landscapes of his native Iceland—so beautifully evoked in Absolution, The Journey Home, and other previous works—Olafson sets Restoration in the gorgeous Italian hills of Tuscany during the World War Two years of the early 1940s. He captivates readers with a deeply emotional story in the vein of The English Patient by Michael Ondaajte, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and other contemporary literary classics, spinning a tale of passion, art, war, and betrayal centered around a pair of love triangles and a forged Caravaggio.

 

About Olaf Olafsson

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Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of three previous novels, The Journey Home, Absolution and Walking into the Night, and a story collection, Valentines. He is the Executive Vice President of Time Warner and he lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Ecco. 341 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Carr on Mar 05 2012

“Restoration” is an ambitious historical novel... that motors along on a dark mystery...

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Reviewed by DAVID LEAVITT on Feb 17 2012

Olafsson’s minimizing of the obvious debt he owes Origo is so disingenuous that it leaves me wondering whether “Restoration” might be a fantastic joke about authorship and authority, authenticity and authentication.

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