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The Perfect Landscape [Kindle Edition]

Ragna Sigurðardóttir , Sarah Bowen
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a wealthy patron donates a valuable landscape painting to Reykjavik’s art museum, the staff can hardly believe its luck. It was painted by one of Iceland’s most beloved artists, and the acquisition is sure to elevate the museum’s already sterling reputation.

For newly arrived art theorist Hanna, the acquisition is a chance to begin her job on a high note; after all, she’s something of an expert on the artist. But when the museum’s conservator suggests the painting might be a fake, Hanna realizes the museum’s reputation is not the only one in danger of crumbling.

And so she sets out to authenticate the painting, drawing on every ounce of skill that she possesses. What she doesn’t know she vows to learn, venturing deep into the shadowy world of art forgery. Only then will Hanna be able to strip away the varnish of the past to uncover the truth.

Nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.



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About the Author

Ragna Sigurdardottir is a native of Reykjavik, Iceland, and the author of five novels. She studied French and fine arts in Aix-en-Provence before attending the Icelandic School for Arts and Crafts. After earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, she worked as an artist and writer in Rotterdam and later in Denmark. She eventually returned home to Iceland, where she spent a decade working as an art critic for Icelandic newspapers. Currently she studies art theory at the University of Iceland and is writing her sixth novel. She lives with her husband and their two daughters on the outskirts of Reykjavik, just down the street from the North Atlantic Ocean.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LQFBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery in an artistic landscape. 5 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unusual book. I was initially slightly unsettled by the use of the present tense throughout the narrative. The characters become more interesting over time. Something about the structure of the story helped to give it a slightly exotic and unusual character which I appreciated. The plot is intriguing and I found the digital experience enhanced my experience as I could look up some of the old artists and works of art featured while I was reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Perfect 19 Feb. 2015
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Having read some very interesting Icelandic novels I was looking forward to reading this new to me author. How disappointing this turned out to be. I didn't think a novel about the art world in Iceland could be so boring but unfortunately this proved to be the case.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"The Perfect Landscape" comes to us from the faraway, unfamiliar - to most of us-- shores of Iceland. It is the fifth novel produced by Ragna Sigurdardottir, a native of Reykjavik, Iceland, where it is set, and, at 210 pages, is really just novella length. It has been translated by Sarah Bowen. It's set in Iceland's art world, and is a mystery, of sorts, though not a murder mystery: rather it deals with the subject of art forgery.

Hanna, a native of Iceland, though not of its capital city Reykjavik, has just joyfully returned from a long stint of work and study abroad: she's an art historian/theorist: she has gotten herself a job at a small local museum. Of course, she misses her Italian husband Federico and Heba, her daughter by him. But, coincidentally with her return, a wealthy patron of the museum donates to it a valuable landscape painting, done by one of the country's most popular artists. So Hanna begins her new job on a high: she and the rest of the museum's staff believe that the acquisition will elevate its profile. However, when the museum's knowledgeable conservator suggests the painting might be a fraud, Hanna realizes her reputation is as much on the line over the painting as is the museum's.

Sigurdardottir studied French and fine arts in Aix-en-Provence, France, before attending the Icelandic School for Arts and Crafts. After she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, she worked as an artist and writer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Denmark. She eventually returned home, where she spent a decade working as an art critic for Icelandic newspapers. She now is studying art theory at the University of Iceland and writing her sixth novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By SES
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Although this book captured the spirit of Iceland - its land and people - I found the narrative a bit slow and laboured. Perhaps it lost some of its excitement in translation. I had expected a more vibrant novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 15 Feb. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Not a subject I would normally be drawn to but a very enjoyable read. I found the look at the corruption in the art world interesting and the references to how this glossed over no surprise. I would recommend the book for it's style and content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read indeed 23 Sept. 2014
By Kevan S
Format:Kindle Edition
i could not stop reading this novel,just loved the observation.
subject matter,geographical differences, build up and post finale what ifs are great
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3.0 out of 5 stars nordic atmosphere 17 Sept. 2014
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I like the nordic atmosphere of books set in iceland. It had some good characters but I found the story line rather weak, anyway quite readable.
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