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By Rupert Thomson
A sorcerer in wax. A fugitive. Haunted by way of a earlier he can't break out. Threatened via a destiny he can't imagine.
Zummo, a Sicilian sculptor, is summoned by means of Cosimo III to hitch the Medici court docket. overdue seventeenth-century Florence is a hotbed of repression and hypocrisy. All types of excitement are brutally punished, and the Grand Duke himself, a guy for whom marriage has been a phenomenal torture, hides his discomfort underneath a exhibit of over the top piety.
The Grand Duke asks Zummo to supply a life-size lady out of wax, an antidote to the French spouse who made him endure so. As Zummo wrestles with this particular fee, he falls less than the spell of a girl whose elusiveness mirrors his personal, yet whose secrets and techniques are way more explosive. Lurking within the wings is the toxic Dominican priest, Stufa, who has it inside of his strength to wreck Zummo's livelihood, if now not his life.
In this hugely charged novel, Thomson brings Florence to existence in all its vivid sensuality, whereas closing solely modern in his exploration of the tensions among love and solitude, attractiveness and rot. whilst fact turns into threatening, to not say unfathomable, survival techniques are established to the restrict. Redemption is feasible, yet provided that the agonies of demise and separation should be transcended.
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Secrecy: A Novel by Rupert Thomson