A Month in Siena

Hisham Matar

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Matar was nineteen years old when his father was kidnapped. In the year following he found himself turning to art, particularly the great paintings of the Sienese School. They became a refuge and a way to think about the world outside the urgencies of the present.

A quarter of a century later, having found no trace of his father, Matar finally visits the birthplace of those paintings. 
A Month in Siena is the encounter between the writer and the city. It is an immersion in painting, a consideration of love, grief and a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and life.


'Sparkles with brilliant observations on art and architecture, friendship and loss' - Guardian

'Everybody should get to spend a month with Mr. Matar, looking at paintings' - Zadie Smith, Wall Street Journal, Books of the Year

'A dazzling exploration of art's impact on his life and writing, and a moving contemplation of grief' - Financial Times

'I can think of no better expression of the humane than this economical, modest, yet altogether breathtaking book' - New Statesman, Books of the Year

'Bewitching, intensely moving' - The Economist, Books of the Year

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