Painter of Birds

ISBN-10: 015100658X
ISBN-13: 9780151006588
Edition: 2001
List price: $24.00
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Description: The story of a daughter's longing for her absent father and her determination to piece together the past and the future The setting of this extraordinary novel is an old farmhouse in Portugal-a house far enough from the Atlantic not to hear the  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/20/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The story of a daughter's longing for her absent father and her determination to piece together the past and the future The setting of this extraordinary novel is an old farmhouse in Portugal-a house far enough from the Atlantic not to hear the breaking waves during a storm but near enough for the walls to be corroded by the salt in the air. With most members of her large family having left the hardship of life in this landscape of sand and stone for jobs in faraway places, a young woman struggles to piece together her past from the widely varying stories she's been told. Left behind by a free-spirited, feckless father, a seducer with a rare gift for drawing, she is raised by her uncle who has married her mother. The only memories of her father's two brief visits are the echoes of his footsteps on the stairs leading to her room. The only signs of him are letters from the widest reaches of the world-letters accompanied by brilliantly colored drawings of exotic birds. The daughter longs for her father and, as she grows up, she is determined to find him and uncover the truth. Brimming with astute and exquisite characterizations, this strikingly lyrical novel evokes the atmosphere of rural Portugal in a changing world and explores the timeless themes of family, independence, and the often painful experience of emigration.

Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.

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