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Thursday December 16th, 2021 with Bob LeDrew
Mark Frutkin on Caravaggio, chiaroscuro, and much more

Mark Frutkin has spent much of his writing life following the trails of Marco Polo, writing multiple novels set in China and in what we now think of as Italy. His newest book, "The Artist and the Assassin", imagines the life and death of Caravaggio, the renowned Baroque painter.
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"The Artist and the Assassin" is published by The Porcupine's Quill. You can find out more about Mark at:

If you want to gift a copy of this book for Christmas, signed copies are available at Perfect Books on Elgin, and copies are also available at Books on Beechwood or wherever fine books are sold.

(Author photo by Sandra Russell)
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Russell Smith
Caravaggio has been a favourite post-Mannerist artist, and I have seen many of the paintings you have alluded to — most recently the Beheading of John the Baptist, in Malta! As I read I pulled them all up on line. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book. I admire your experiments — alternating first person narrative by one protagonist with third-person authoring about the other, all in the present tense. Your research has been exhausting, I'm sure. Your language reflects what I remember of you as a poet, in frequent finespun descriptive passages and poignant metaphor.

7:15 PM, January 20th, 2022