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With Monet at Giverny: A Novel


96 Pages, 4 1/2 x 6

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.00 (US $15.00) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: October 2007

ISBN 9781843680000

Rights: US & CA

Pallas Athene (Oct 2007)

Price: $15.00


An impressionistic portrait of a day in the life of Claude Monet from sunrise to sunset.

This shimmering short novel gives an extraordinary portrait of a day in the life of an artist at work and at home. In prose as luminous as the colors Monet used to portray his beloved garden, Eva Figes guides us through Giverny. We get to know Monet’s family—including his daughter Germaine who frets that she will not be able to marry the man she loves and his wife who greaves for a departed child—as well as the family’s friend, the abbé, who eats and drinks with them, observing the essential faith of the painter’s art. All of the characters experience, in very different ways, the richness of the light that Monet works unceasingly to pin down in his last great paintings.


"Figes succeeds wonderfully . . . she manages to convey with quiet integrity and persuasiveness the creative act as it miraculously occurs." —Publishers Weekly

"Figes turns language into an immediate, transcendent experience." —New York Times Book Review

"What [Figes] has done is masterful." —Sacramento Bee

Author Biography

Eva Figes, born in Berlin, moved to England with her family in 1939. She has published novels and social theory, including the feminist classic, Patriarchal Attitudes. She has two children, the author Kate Figes and the historian Orlando Figes.