The Forger by Paul Watkins
A Novel

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An exciting new novel, by the author of The Story of My Disappearance and Archangel.

At the turn of World War II, David Halifax is a young American painter who receives a scholarship to come to Paris and work under the tutelage of the mysterious and brilliant Russian painter, Alexander Pankratov. Getting more than he bargained for, Halifax is quickly subjected to Pankratov's rigid will, and beguiled by the quiet, nude model who poses before them.

But Paris is also a city that is holding its breath. The Nazi forces are slowly penetrating the Maginot Line, and the once-indominitable city is now expecting the worst. Beneath Paris' blanket of fear and eerie calm, David Halifax relizes the true purpose of his visit: Pankratov is to train him in duplicating the masterworks of the Paris museums, and with the aid of a wily art dealer, barter the fakes to Hilter's legion of art dealers. What developes is cat and mouse game through Paris' silent streets, in the tunnels beneath its museums, and eventually into the scorched countryside of Normandy.

In David and Pankratov's frantic race to complete the uncompletable, both are forced to confront the terrible sacrifices one must finally make for art; a sacrifice of identity, and perhaps of the soul.

About Paul Watkins

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Paul Watkins is the author of seven novels including The Story of My Disappearance, and the memoir Stand Before Your God. He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published November 4, 2000 by Picador. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When Fleury effortlessly sells a homework assignment of sketches Halifax made of existing works, Halifax decides to stay in Paris post-scholarship and soon finds himself recruited—with Pankratov, his students, and members of the French criminal underground—in a frantic effort to conceal artwork f...

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The Forger Paul Watkins Faber £5.99, pp338 A young American artist arrives in Paris dreaming of fame.

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The Forger Paul Watkins Faber £9.99, pp338 Buy it at BOL It is, of course, no way to judge a book, but the cover of Paul Watkins's seventh novel, The Forger, is gorgeous, a laminated, sepia-toned photograph - Homme de la Nuit, by René Jacques - of a man in a raincoat and trilby hurrying down r...

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London Review of Books

Six hundred and fifty or so were displayed in the famous Entartete Kunst exhibition which opened in Munich on 19 July 1937: it attracted three million people – more visitors than any other exhibition of modern art has done before or since.

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In Paul Watkins ambitious new novel, The Forger, a young American artist named David Halifax arrives by train in Paris in the fateful summer of 1939.

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