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Forgery of Venus

Michael Gruber

Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical-he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly. This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past-not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing. Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness. Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.

Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical-he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly. This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past-not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing. Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness. Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.
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Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical-he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly. This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past-not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing. Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness. Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eric Conger

Length:

10h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:36


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

12:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

10:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:25