By Laurie Lico Albanese
“Albanese artfully weaves Adele’s tale with Maria’s harrowing lifestyles less than the Nazis, yet it’s difficult to learn Stolen Beauty with no seeing gruesome echoes in today’s headlines. Seven a long time after global warfare II, have we discovered nothing?” —USA TODAY
From the sunrise of the 20th century to the devastation of global warfare II, this exhilarating novel of affection, conflict, artwork, and relatives supplies voice to 2 awesome ladies and brings to existence the real tale in the back of the production and close to destruction of Gustav Klimt’s so much outstanding paintings.
In the awesome glitter of 1903 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, appealing, superb, and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. prosperous in every little thing yet freedom, Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius because the wake up to the erotic probabilities at the canvas and past. notwithstanding they get pleasure from a existence the place intercourse and artwork are only starting to holiday during the façade of traditional society, town is additionally afflicted through a irritating bring up in anti-Semitism as political hatred simmers within the shadows of Adele’s coffeehouse afternoons and cultural salons.
Nearly 40 years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed whilst the Nazis invade Austria—and in a single day, her cherished Vienna turns into a conflict region. whilst her husband is arrested and her relatives is pressured out in their stately domestic, Maria needs to summon the braveness and resilience that's her aunt’s legacy if she is to outlive and preserve her enjoyed ones—and their history—alive.
Will Maria and her relations break out the grip of Nazi rule? And what is going to turn into of the work for which her aunt sacrificed approximately everything?
Impeccably researched and a “must-read for lovers of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun” (Christina Baker Kline, number one New York instances bestselling author), Stolen attractiveness juxtaposes ardour and discovery opposed to hatred and depression, and shines a mild on our skill to like, to wreck, and peculiarly, to endure.
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