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The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy
 
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The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Cusk
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Review

'Cusk is a natural and gifted writer from whom dazzling descriptions, analyses, metaphors and similies gush forth in rich profusion ... delightful and perceptive.' --Daily Telegraph

'Praise be for novelist Rachel Cusk, who brings to her three-month sojourn in Italy a characteristic strangeness and charm.' --Observer

'This memoir, like Cusk's fiction, has real edge and distinction ... an elegant and even beautiful book.' --Evening Standard

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'Praise be for novelist Rachel Cusk, who brings to her three-month sojourn in Italy a characteristic strangeness and charm.'

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'This memoir, like Cusk's fiction, has real edge and distinction ... en elegant and even beautiful book.'

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'Rich meditation: on separation, on possession, on the social stance of the Renaissance artists and, inevitably, on the transformative nature of travel.'

Book Description

An elegant and strikingly perceptive memoir of a family journey through Italy, from the celebrated writer Rachel Cusk

Scotland on Sunday

'Cusk writes it all beautifully, applying her phrases like the brushstrokes of the masters she so admires ... Cusk makes Italy sing.' Scotland on Sunday

Herald

'Cusk's descriptive abilities have been forged in the soul, and in this respect she is ideally suited to Italy.' Herald

Spectator

`The Last Supper is like a series of perfectly lit scenes in a Dutch painting, every leaf and thatched roof minutely and delicately observed.' Spectator

Guardian

'Cusk has an amazing ability to strike to the heart of things, to look afresh and not overlook.' Guardian

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When prize-winning author Rachel Cusk decides to travel to Italy for a summer with her husband and two young children she has no idea of the trials and wonders that lie in store. Their journey leads them to both the expected - the Piero della Francesca trail and queues at the Vatican - and the surprising - an amorous Scottish ex-pat and a longing for home - all seen through Cusk's sharp and humane perspective. Exploring the desire to travel and to escape, art and its inspirations, beauty and ugliness, and the challenge of balancing domestic life with creativity, The Last Supper is a wonderful travel book about life on the most famous art trail in the world, from one of Britain's most pre-eminent writers.

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An original, witty and perceptive memoir of a family journey through Italy, from the celebrated writer Rachel Cusk. A family decide to sell up and go to Italy to search for art and its meanings, for freedom from routine, for a different path into the future. Award-winning writer Rachel Cusk describes a three-month journey around the Italy of Raphael and rental villas, of the Piero della Francesca trail and the tourist furnaces of Amalfi, of food and football and fancy ice cream. With her husband and two children, she uncovers the mystery of a foreign language, the need for friendship, the perils and pleasures of unbelonging, the strange involvement of the personal and the universal. Both sharp and humane in its exploration of the desire to travel and to escape, of art and its inspirations, beauty and ugliness, and of the challenge of balancing domestic life with creativity, The Last Supper is an astonishing memoir.

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‘We board the train and pass along the Serchio valley, among gentle green perspectives of hills and distant mountains, past melancholy Barga, swaying serenely over grassy plains and stopping sometimes at deserted stations that seem to stand in the middle of nowhere. There are weeds flowering on their platforms, and clumps of grass amidst the rails, and after a while we slowly pull away again. I feel that something new is disclosing itself, something to do with time. We are free: no one is expecting us. We look out of the windows. We listen to the tranquil hum of the engine. We watch the valley in the mild morning light.’

About the Author

Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of six novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold and Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her non-fiction book A Life's Work was published to huge acclaim in 2001 and her memoir The Last Supper will be published in February 2009. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists. She lives in Brighton.
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