The Jump Artist
Paperback : 05 Jul 2012
Austin Ratner's superbly crafted, prize-winning novel The Jump Artist tells the story of one of the twentieth century's most renowned artists -- and a murder trial that shook Europe.
Austria, 1928. A young man stands unjustly accused of murdering his father. Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann speak out on his behalf. Sigmund Freud is called to testify. The trial that ensues, in which he attempts to clear his name, sends shockwaves throughout Europe. In this crucible of injustice and grief, one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century is formed.
From prison cell and psychological trauma to bohemian Paris at its height and Europe on the eve of war, from tragedy and injustice to freedom and, eventually, to fame, this is the story of The Jump Artist.
In this superbly crafted, prize-winning novel, Austin Ratner recreates the remarkable true story of Philippe Halsman, a photographer whose portraits of some of the greatest names of our times - Dalí, Einstein and Monroe among them - ensured his enduring fame, but whose renown masked a shocking tragedy that haunted him throughout his life, and a remarkable journey from darkness into the light...
'A bold and wondrous combination of dark history and beautifully delicate psychology' A D Miller, author of Booker Prize Shortlisted Snowdrops
'A remarkable work [that] documents a triumph of the human spirit over tremendous adversity' Harper's
'Tremendous resonance ... one of the most promising debuts of the year' Publishers' Weekly
'Subtle, moving ... has the pace and excitement of a legal drama' The Forward
'A beautifully scrupulous, intricately detailed novel about joy and despair ... like a great photograph, it seems to miss nothing, and to catch its subject in all his complexity' Charles Baxter, author of The Soul Thief
'This elegantly-written tribute makes as beautiful a use of the darkness and light of one man's life as a Halsman photograph of a pretty young woman' GQ
'Very moving' Ha-aretz
Austin Ratner studied at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, having previously graduated from John Hopkins School of Medicine. The Jump Artist won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2010. It is his first novel.
Size : 153 x 234mm
Pages : 288
Published : 05 Jul 2012
Publisher : Viking Adult
The Jump Artist
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