Rembrandt's Whore: A Novel

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Immortalized in many of his greatest works of portraiture, Hendrickje Stoffels was Rembrandt's common law wife—and it is through her eyes, in this beautifully realized and well-researched novel, that we are plunged into the midst of both a passionate affair and a turbulent era of Dutch history. With writing as careful and subtle as the master's paintings, Rembrandt's Whore combines all the qualities of a naturalist tragedy, historical novel, and exposition of 17th-century Dutch society. To listen to Hendrickje is to share Rembrandt's life.

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Sylvia Matton is the author of a previous novel, L'Econduite. With her husband, the artist and filmmaker Charles Matton, she worked for two years on a feature-length film on the life of Rembrandt.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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