Woman in Bronze Antanas Sileika

ISBN: 9780679311423

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400 pages


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Woman in Bronze  by  Antanas Sileika

Woman in Bronze by Antanas Sileika
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As Antanas Sileikas Woman in Bronze begins, Tomas Stumbras lives with his family on a farm near the imaginary village of Merdine in Lithuania. World War I is looming and change is in the air, with Polish, Russian, and German armies all about toMoreAs Antanas Sileikas Woman in Bronze begins, Tomas Stumbras lives with his family on a farm near the imaginary village of Merdine in Lithuania. World War I is looming and change is in the air, with Polish, Russian, and German armies all about to appear over the hill at any moment.

From a young age, Tomas has shown a natural skill for wood carving that leads to endless difficulties with his strict, peasant father. Rural life is well depicted and the characters feel genuine, especially Tomass oldest brother, Edvard, and the local landed gentry and drunk, Graf Momberg, the last remnant of a rapidly disappearing class. The novel reaches an early dramatic point when Tomas and his two brothers are forced to murder two soldiers who they must then hide under the frozen river.

Ultimately, however, this is the story of an artist driven by inner need to transcend the limits of his world. After overcoming numerous obstacles, Tomas makes his way to Paris, where he falls in with two other foreign artists and becomes an active member of the poverty-stricken Paris art scene of the early 20s.

His artist friends, Alphonse, a vulnerable innocent, and Sorrel, an insensitive Trotsky lookalike, are better realized as characters than the two women who come into Tomass life: his girlfriend, Jenny, and Estelle, an artist from Canada. The Paris art world, with its snobs, greedy promoters, and ambitious social climbers, proves an entertaining subject and Sileika makes it believable. The Canadian connections are sometimes a little forced, but this is an intriguing novel that explores the meaning of art to an artist who cannot deny his calling. --Mark Frutkin



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