Sunday, March 22, 2020

Five of the best books about female artists

Annalena McAfee was born in London to a Scottish mother and a Glasgow-Irish father. She founded the Guardian Review, which she edited for six years, and was Arts and Literary Editor of the Financial Times.

Her novels include The Spoiler, Hame, and Nightshade.

At the Guardian, McFee tagged five of the best books about female artists. Three of the books are non-fiction. One of the novels on the list:
In fiction, Tom Rachman’s novel The Italian Teacher is a splendid portrayal of the omnivorous demands of (male) artistic “genius”. Rachman’s rambunctious American painter, Bear Bavinsky, storms through life, heedless of anything or anyone but his work. Family and friends are collateral damage and Bear systematically crushes the artistic ambitions of his muse and their son until a delicious, posthumous revenge is exacted.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue