Vincent in love – The work of the soul

Giovanna Strano

€ 15,00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Collection: Scrittori Italiani
Pages: 256
ISBN/EAN: 978-88-6052-830-8

Holland, 1881. Vincent van Gogh is twenty-eight but still hasn’t found his place in the world. He had given in to his family’s wishes, dedicating himself to studies, commerce and preaching, like his father, a Protestant pastor. Now, after so many restless years, the moment has come for a change, an irrevocable decision to drop everything and follow his overwhelming vocation: painting. From this point on, his life changes into a bitter struggle to get recognition for the talent that impels him to obsessively produce paintings no one buys. But, above all, Vincent is a man who wants to love and be loved, who lives ardent passions that defy all convention and inflame his art. There is his cousin Kee with a sweet face and a soft mouth. There is Sien, a sad-eyed prostitute he will ask to marry. There is his neighbour Margot Begemann, a strong woman as pure as a lily. There is Agostina Segatori, the Italian model and Corot’s muse, who wants no ties with anyone. The voice we hear is van Gogh’s in a stream of consciousness that fills the gaps of a reticent biography, before his manifest psychic disturbances and his self-mutilation. In these moving pages, the lesser known Van Gogh speaks; the creative fury that will explode in cobalt skies and fields of golden wheat germinate in the turmoil of his heart. Van Gogh in love with love.

The author
Giovanna Strano is the administrator of an upper secondary school in Siracusa. She has written training manuals for school administrators and collaborates with magazines in the sector. An enthusiast of figurative art, music and creative writing, she has also written short stories. This is her first novel.

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