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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (22 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905847122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905847129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve Walton on 26 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Being a reader who always judges a book by its cover, I was spot on with `The Pornographer of Vienna'. The enticing dust-cover aside, the story itself was totally gripping. I read it in a couple of sittings and was carried along by the pace of the writing and the refreshing use of language: Crofts seems to cook up mind-bending metaphors at will and is particularly strong on dpicting the tension between characters. It is, more or less, the tale of the tortured artist, which I thought I had heard before: all the navel-gazing, ear-slashing, whatever. But this blew me away. The rebellious and flawed Schiele is fascinating, erotic, inspiring, tragic, spinning unavoidably to his fate. Well worth the effort.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kimberley on 31 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Crofts has "got" turn of the century Vienna.

The book is a chronological look at the life of a tortured artist. Don't be put off by the title if "porn" isn't your bag - it refers to the denunciations Egon Schiele had to face in court when defending his art.

This is an intelligent read. He shows rather than tells and, like his subject, paints pictures of the venality and sensibilities of a daring young man in a conservative society. I enjoyed it greatly. For a first novel, we can surely expect impressive things from this man.

If you enjoyed Nabokov, you'll certainly enjoy Crofts.

Incidentally, the opening line of the novel is amongst the best I have read in years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 30 Jan 2009
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Egon Schiele is depicted throughout this as being fascinated with the female form - his models getting younger and more controversial throughout. His defence of his art is that it strips away the hypocritical morals of society and shows it in all its sleazy, grotesque and seductive beauty. With that in mind if you're of a delicate nature then simply don't read it. If you're put off by the cover then the same goes. If however you are interested in art and its ideas and one of its controversial figures then this novel should interest you.
Starting with Schiele's birth and going right up to his death we read about his often poverty stricken and misunderstood life. A restricted son, a difficult student, a controversial exhibitor, a wayward lover, a successful artist - Schiele is all of these and more.
The novel is cut into mini chapters and these make the information more sparse, making the details we read more open to interpretation or simply statements of brutal fact that need no flowery prose justification. Having just read The Painted Kiss, Crofts' depiction of Vienna is very different to Elizabeth hickey's and both authors depict very different artists. Yet that is one of the joys of fiction - characters created from famous artists can be revaeled and reviled however the reader chooses.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J Falmer on 31 May 2007
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This story of Egon Schiele and Gustave Klimt and the woman who came between them is very atmospheric and full of historic detail. There are a lot of erotic scenes in it but not gratuitous. I had to take the dustjacket off before my mum saw it, tho!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick T. on 24 July 2010
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I bought this book a while back, having been seduced by the attractive cover and the blurb. However, I found it to be a boring read. The caracters are unconvincing and unsympathetic, especially that of Schiele himself - no real insight is given into this character. And how is it (pet hate coming up here, I admit!) that the whole book goes by with only the most cursory description of the actual process of drawing, painting and creation? In a book about an artist? A failing in most films about visual artists, incidentally. And so it is here - a flat re-telling of biographical bullet points. Sorry Lewis Crofts!
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