Join J. M. Coetzee and Thomas Keneally in rediscovering Nobel Laureate Patrick White
Hurtle Duffield, a painter, coldly dissects the weaknesses of any and all who enter his circle. His sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion, the passionate illusions of the women who love him-all are used as fodder for his art. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience.
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Complex, sense, poetic, The Vivisector is a novel about an artist's life. An outsider, Hurtle is both genius and anti-hero, a painter who ultimately commands high prices yet never finds love or satisfaction. the language of the book is often cryptic, beautiful, difficult, arcane, and acrobatic. White's work here is truly important though this novel is one many may not have read.