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The Icon Painter

A novel by

Review - Previous Praise for Derek Beaven:
'Large, deft, prickly and ambitious. His work practically explodes with narrative assurance.'
Julie Myerson, Guardian
'Beaven has the gift for creating insistently human individuals who prove to be illuminating under pressure ... a fine engagement with the largest and smallest details of what it is to be English.'
Lavinia Greenlaw, TLS
'He gives us all the uncertainty, liveliness, rumours and unheroic struggles of the present ... as clear as a Vermeer mirror.'
David Robertson, Scotsman
'Arresting ... [Beaven] displays an impressive and wholly distinctive grip on both language and form.'
Eve Claxton Time Out (New York)
'Ambitious, relentlessly ominous...
Mark Rozzo Los Angeles Times
'One is in no doubt that one is in the hands of a truly remarkable and gifted writer... '
Hampstead and Highgate Express
'Beaven is reminiscent of William Faulkner ... distinctive and unforgettable.'
David Horspool, Daily Telegraph
'An important and original writer' Hilary Mantel

Product Description
A major new novel, eight years in the making, from the critically acclaimed author of IF THE INVADER COMES and ACTS OF MUTINY.
What is the truth of the 'left hand paintings' produced by the artist, Owen Davy? Why - now that he has moved to a Greek island in order to paint - is his own self-portrait proving so problematic? And what, if cultural and linguistic barriers can be overcome, is to be learned from the local painter of Greek Orthodox icons whom he meets by chance? Owen, writing emails to his gallery owner and friend, Theo, starts to address these questions, looking back on his youth - particularly to an affair with a married woman, Julia, and his subsequent tragicomic exile on the streets of Paris - and to his childhood, with its dark iconography. What emerges is of profound spiritual and artistic consequence, as, with new arrivals on the island and new friendships forged, the novel becomes a remarkable exploration of love. THE ICON PAINTER offers a fierce critique of numerous cultural orthodoxies, whilst probing the very roots of art, memory and relationship in strange and moving ways.
About the Author
Derek Beaven lives in Berkshire. He is the author of four previous novels. His first, NEWTON'S NIECE (1994) was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Best Novel Prize and won a Commonwealth Prize. His second, ACTS OF MUTINY (1998) was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. His third, IF THE INVADER COMES (2001) was long-listed for the Booker Prize.


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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : USA Paperback

Title: The Icon Painter
Author(s): Derek Beaven
ISBN: 1-5085-7558-4 / 978-1-5085-7558-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Icon Painter
Author(s): Derek Beaven
Publisher: Derek Beaven
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