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Optic Nerve

Audiobook
Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/09/2019


New York Times Recommended Book

Optic Nerve

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684572847
Digital Download ISBN:9781684572854

Summary

Seductive and capricious, Optic Nerve marks the English-language debut of a major Argentinian writer. It is a book that captures, like no other, the mysterious connections between a work of art and the person who perceives it.

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The narrator of Optic Nerve is an Argentinian woman whose obsession is art. The story of her life is the story of the paintings, and painters, who matter to her. Her intimate, digressive voice guides us through a gallery of moments that have touched her.

In Optic Nerve, El Greco visits the Sistine Chapel and is appalled by Michelangelo's bodies. The mystery of Rothko's refusal to finish murals for the Seagram Building in New York is blended with the story of a hospital in which a prostitute walks the halls while the narrator's husband receives chemotherapy. Alfred de Dreux visits Géricault's workshop; Gustave Courbet's devilish seascapes incite viewers "to have sex, or to eat an apple"; Picasso organizes a cruel banquet in Rousseau's honor . . . All of these fascinating episodes in art history interact with the narrator's life in Buenos Aires—her family and work; her loves and losses; her infatuations and disappointments. The effect is of a character refracted by environment, composed by the canvases she studies.

Seductive and capricious, Optic Nerve marks the English-language debut of a major Argentinian writer. It is a book that captures, like no other, the mysterious connections between a work of art and the person who perceives it.

Reviews/Praise

“Masterfully performed by Kyla Garcia, Optic Nerve is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a daring novel, the English-language debut of Argentinian writer Maria Gainza.” —Midwest Book Review

"Gainza explores the spaces between others, art, and the self, and how what one sees and knows form the ineffable hodgepodge of the human soul. The result is a transcendent work." ―Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Erudite and unusual, Gainza's voice evokes both John Berger and Silvina Ocampo even as she creates something wholly new." ―Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

María Gainza was born in Buenos Aires, where she still resides. She has worked as a correspondent for the New York Times in Argentina, as well as for ARTnews. She has also been a contributor to Artforum, the Buenos Aires Review, and Radar, the cultural supplement from the Argentine newspaper Página/12.