Length: 256 Pages
‘A highly original, piercingly beautiful work, full of beautiful shocks… I felt like a door had been kicked open in my brain, which is just the kind of bracing experience you need at the start of the year’
-- Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer
'I was reminded of John Berger's Ways of Seeing, enfolded in tender and exuberant personal narratives'
-- Claire-Louise Bennett
'This woman-guide, who goes from Lampedusa to The Doors with crushing elegance, is unforgettable'
-- Mariana Enriquez
A woman searches Buenos Aires for the paintings that are her inspiration and her refuge. Her life -- she is a young mother with a complicated family -- is sometimes overwhelming. But among the canvases, often little-known works in quiet rooms, she finds clarity and a sense of who she is . . .
'A dazzling combination of memoir, fiction and art book, like nothing you’ve ever read before’ Elle
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Length: 256 Pages
"I was reminded of Berger's Ways of Seeing, enfolded in tender and exuberant personal narratives - it's so sophisticated and fascinating, yet has a Calvinoesque light touch; all the textures and nuances come through without labour. Rigorous and mercurial."
"The prose, in Thomas Bunstead’s translation, is restrained, funny, by turns (and at once) luminous and melancholy… We are left with a profound inquiry into the place and function of art… as remembrance, as joy and consolation, as meaning, as refuge"
"A highly original, piercingly beautiful work, a book you’ll want to savour… Gainza is a writer who feels immediately important"
"Quietly revelatory, and often fascinatingly so"
"When reading The Optic Nerve, works of art are like songs: they carry the excitement and mystery you feel when you stumble upon them. This is the stunning, lucid debut of a writer who finds gold in the most forgotten folds of experience."