The Map and the Territory

The Map and the Territory

Book - 2012
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The most celebrated and controversial French novelist of our time now delivers his magnum opus--about art and money, love and friendship and death, fathers and sons.
The Map and the Territory is the story of an artist, Jed Martin, and his family and lovers and friends, the arc of his entire history rendered with sharp humor and powerful compassion. His earliest photographs, of countless industrial objects, were followed by a surprisingly successful series featuring Michelin road maps, which also happened to bring him the love of his life, Olga, a beautiful Russian working--for a time--in Paris. But global fame and fortune arrive when he turns to painting and produces a host of portraits that capture a wide range of professions, from the commonplace (the owner of a local bar) to the autobiographical (his father, an accomplished architect) and from the celebrated ( Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Discussing the Future of Information Technology ) to the literary (a writer named Houellebecq, with whom he develops an unusually close relationship).
Then, while his aging father (his only living relative) flirts with oblivion, a police inspector seeks Martin's help in solving an unspeakably gruesome crime--events that prove profoundly unsettling. Even so, now growing old himself, Jed Martin somehow discovers serenity and manages to add another startling chapter to his artistic legacy, a deeply moving conclusion to this saga of hopes and losses and dreams.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9780307701558
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bowd, Gavin 1966-


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Mar 24, 2019

Audacious, contemporary, arresting and rewarding...this novel is all of these and more. It is simply, one of the best books I've ever read.

Jan 06, 2017

This book has one gory part but otherwise I found it so intriguing and challenging, about an artist's life, and the author makes himself (or someone with his name) as one of the characters.

Dec 22, 2015

Interestingly woven story of an artist.

May 15, 2013

By the third part, the book reminded me a little of Philip Roth, or Roberto Bolano's best novels.


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