By (author) Peter Everett
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Bellocq's Women by Peter Everett
Book DescriptionIn 1912, in Storyville, the notorious red-light district of New Orleans, a photographer named E.J. Bellocq took a series of photographs of the women who worked in the brothels. Rediscovered in the 1950s, Bellocq's photographs have become famous, but the man himself remains a mystery. In "Bellocq's Women", Peter Everett performs as remarkable a feat of fictional reconstruction as he did in "Matisse's War" and "The Voyages of Alfred Wallis". All we have of Bellocq are his photographs and a few fragmentary memories; in this extraordinary novel Everett not only brings the photographer to life - and with him his strange, tortured relationship with his mother and two young girls, one his landlady's daughter, the other a child whore - but also his world - the opium dens and bar rooms of New Orleans and the whore houses with their surreal combination of violence and homeliness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099289197
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Everett
Voyages of Alfred Wallis, Paperback (August 2000)
Alfred Wallis was born in 1855 and died in a workhouse in Cornwall in 1942. A fisherman, sailing from Newlyn, and St Ives, he began to paint in the 1920s - strange, brilliant pictures of ships and the sea. This title explores the psyche of an artist who knew no fame in his lifetime but whose paintings have found vast popularity since his death.
Matisse's War, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by Peter Everett
Henri Matisse is Un Monstre Sacre who depicts with passion and conviction only what he takes pleasure in, only what he chooses to see. He is art personified. This title presents an account of Matisse's life during the years 1939-1945. It offers a portrait of the lives of the major French artists and writers under the German occupation.
UK Kirkus Review » Everett's gift for fictionalizing the life of an artist to trace some of the tangled roots of creativity was shown in his last novel, The Voyages of Alfred Wallis. The hero of this new book is E.J. Bellocq, a photographer of whores in the brothels of Storyville, New Orleans, in the first decade of the 20th century. Unflinching in the face of deviant behaviour of all kinds (paedophilia, fetishism, masochism, rape, murder, to name but a handful), Everett finds little fountains of kindness and love in a wasteland of moral corruption. His hero, whose anguish remains to some extent opaque, is nevertheless portrayed as a sensitive well-meaning man who is more sympathetic than pathetic. The writing is tough and vivid, the imagination that powers it teemingly fertile. This is an admirably uncomfortable book by a fine and original writer. (Kirkus UK)
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