DOUBTING THOMAS by Atle Naess

DOUBTING THOMAS

A Novel About Caravaggio
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This 1997 novel by a prominent Norwegian author assembles the testimony of nine “witnesses” to explain a scandalous incident in the year 1606: it seems the celebrated (and impulsive) painter killed a man in a duel, then fled from Rome into a prolonged exile. The witnesses’ several “accounts”—dominated by that of Caravaggio’s intimate friend and sometime model, would-be astronomer Innocenzo Promontorio—subtly explore the conflict between the artist’s rigorous self-discipline and willful sensuality, in a nicely textured tale that in its best pages becomes something very like a late-Renaissance Rashomon.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2000
ISBN: 0-7206-1082-6
Page count: 160pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2000