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Medici Boy [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

John L'Heureux
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4. April 2014
The worlds of art, politics and passion collide in John L'Heureux's masterful new novel, "The Medici Boy". With rich composition, L'Heureux ingeniously transports the reader to Donatello's Renaissance Italy -- directly into his bottega, (workshop), as witnessed through the eyes of Luca Mattei, a devoted assistant. While creating his famous bronze of David and Goliath, Donatello's passion for his enormously beautiful model and part time rent boy, Agnolo, ignites a dangerous jealousy that ultimately leads to Agnolo's brutal murder. Luca, the complex and conflicted assistant, will sacrifice all to save the life of Donatello, even if it means the life of the master sculptor's friend and great patron of art, Cosimo de' Medici. John L'Heureux's long-awaited novel delivers both a monumental and intimate narrative of the creative genius, Donatello, at the height of his powers. With incisive detail, L'Heureux beautifully renders the master sculptor's forbidden homosexual passions, and the artistry that enthralled the powerful and highly competitive Medici and Albizzi families. The finished work is a sumptuously detailed historical novel that entertains while it delves deeply into both the sacred and the profane within one of the Italian Renaissance's most consequential cities, fifteenth century Florence.


  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 328 Seiten
  • Verlag: Nbn Tradeselect (4. April 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1938231503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938231506
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 13,7 x 3,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 174.983 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A writer who picks up his readers by the scruff of the neck and wont let go.Chicago Tribune LHeureuxs efforts to weave myth., extremity, and a religious note into [various] settings are high risk. The result is powerful and original.Los Angeles Times Book Review A deeply ambitious novelist, one who isnt afraid of dealing with dark themes and what it means to be fully human, especially in the frightening and ecstatic world we create behind the darkened bedroom walls.New York Times Book Review "A novel bursting with love -- collegial, artistic and erotic. John L'Heureux brings to life the bliss and treachery of the Italian Renaissance through prose as passionate as his characters. Deeply enjoyable, THE MEDICI BOY soars like an operatic aria, before breaking our hearts."David Henry Hwang, Toby and Obie award winning playwright, of M. Butterfly, FOB, The Dance and The Railroad "Lust, envy, greed. Pride. Wrath. Set John LHeureux loose in 15th-century Florence; give him Donatello, Cosimo de Medici, a royal flush of deadly sins, and a boy too handsome for his own good, and watch a master at work, and at play. There is no time and no place and no human transaction that LHeureux cant plunder to assemble the kind of novel his fans expect, and his fans-to-be have never before encountered. Luminous, intelligent, funny, shocking, and, yes: revelatory."Kathryn Harrison, New York Times Bestselling Author, ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR

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Award-winning poet, novelist, and short story writer, John L'Heureux has taught at Georgetown University, Tufts, Harvard, and for over 35 years in the English Department of Stanford University where he was Lane Professor of Humanities. There he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and again in 1998. A prolific writer, L'Heureux has written more than twenty books of fiction, short fiction and poetry. His works have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and have been included in dozens of anthologies including Best American Stories and Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards. John L'Heureux has twice received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Grant to do research for The Medici Boy, his new novel.

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After a mere few pages of his astonishing piece of historical fiction, The Medici Boy, one realizes why John L’Heureux has been described as “one of America’s greatest living writers.” af We are visually and emotionally transported to Renaissance Italy and the bottega or workshop of Donatello who is arguably one of the greatest artists of all time. We see everything through the eyes of Luca Mattei, an assistant who would sacrifice all to protect his master.

- Gail Cooke
It is at this time and place that art, politics and passion run a dangerous course as described by L’Heureux who expertly explores the sacred and profane in 15th century Florence, one of Italy’s most important cities. Donatello’s creative powers know no equal as he labors to create his great bronze statue of David and Goliath for the garden of his friend and benefactor, Cosimo de’ Medici. Add to this intriguing mix the competition between Florence’s two most powerful families - the Medicis and the Albizzis. One has plotted for years to get rid of his hated rival.

Donatello works while a vicious witch-hunt against gay men goes on in Florence - if caught the punishment is a long painful death witnessed by a jeering crowd. Yet Donatello is inescapably drawn to his beautiful model and rent boy, Agnolo, a street-smart amoral lad who well knows his power over the artist and wields it for his own amusement and gain. Naturally, unbridled jealousy soon arises in the workshop, an emotion that may well lead to murder.

While all of L’Heureux’s characters are impeccably drawn his depiction of Luca is especially compelling as the assistant finds himself deeply involved in the life of his master and greatly conflicted as events unfold. For this reader The Medici Boy is truly a masterpiece, an ambitious, intelligent, beautiful novel not to be missed.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History brought to life in The Medici Boy 21. September 2013
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The Medici Boy offers at least three different but intermingled layers of history: first, what turns out to be the family history of the narrator, Luca, who becomes a member of Donatello's workshop in Florence; then, a history of the dramatic events and complex social history of Florence and its environs the during the fifteenth century; and finally a detailed and intimate look at the life and works of the master sculptor Donatello, along with fellow artists, at the glorious time of the Florentine Renaissance. The result is a gem of a book: while it begs to be read quickly since the complex and heart-rending stories of human interactions that it describes are so enthralling, it yields simultaneously an enormous pleasure through a slow, careful reading that dwells on the art works created by Donatello and his contemporaries and on the society in which and for which they labored. In my experience, then, it lends itself to more than one reading. It offers much through being savored over time and deserves a permanent place on one's bookshelf.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very moving Italian Renaissance novel 20. September 2013
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A beautiful, page-turning, historical novel about the Italian Renaissance and its great sculptor, Donatello, his assistant, Luca Mattei, and his model for David, Agnolo It lays bare the human psyche and its frailties. John L'Heureux's superb knowledge of sculpture, the Renaissance era as well as his writing style allow you to not only read the novel but live in that period and identify with the characters. An unforgettable read. A book you wish would not end. Alas, it does and you will want to read it again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Interesting Novel! 13. Mai 2014
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“The Medici Boy” by John L'Heureux was a great read. I love that it was written in first person, it definitely helped me to really get to know the main character, and to understand what was going on throughout the novel. I like that the narrator is a flawed character who is lead by his passions. It really helps the reader to relate to him, and to like him. I can't stand novels where I don't like the main character, so liking the main character was definitely a plus for me! The author does a great job of really taking the reader into the story. You really see how much devastation was caused by the black plague, and what the people went through because of it. I definitely felt like I was right there with the narrator. It was also interesting to see what went on behind the scenes when Donatello was creating a work of art. The author did a great job of describing everything so well that you can really picture his work. It's easy, as a reader, to imagine that things really worked like it's described in Donatello's studio.

The book did slow down a little at times, and there were times when a lot of names, that were hard to pronounce, were mentioned so it got confusing. It got a little bogged down at times also, like a lot was happening, but it wasn’t really going anywhere. However, this didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

This is a great novel for lovers of historical fiction. I really felt like I learned a lot about the time period, and about different character’s in history. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this time period or in historical fiction in general.

I give this novel a FOUR out of FIVE stars.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sights and smells of Renaissance Florence .. 21. April 2014
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Every now and then I pick up a book and it captures me within just a few pages - The Medici Boy was one of those books. I started during a short afternoon break at work - a mistake since I really just wanted to sit in the sun and read once I started. The Medici Boy is historical fiction set in Renaissance Florence in the studio of the sculptor, Donatello. The book captures the essence of the Renaissance as I imagine it in my head - the writing of place is very vivid filled with all the beauty and brutality of the age.

Our hero, Luca, is devoted to Donatello and spends his time helping to keep the artist's business affairs in order. His journey to Florence is a long and strange one and that's fitting for Luca is a complex and stranger character conflicted in almost all ways about his life. Luca's past comes to haunt the book in the presence of Agnolo, a beautiful model and prostitute who disrupts the studio at every turn. Well-written and interesting, The Medici Boy is a good read, although I wish Donatello had a stronger presence in the book. The portrait of him in Vasari's The Lives of the Artists is still the one that resonates with me, but that didn't stop me from tearing through this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Operatic 28. Mai 2014
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Readers who enjoy historical fiction as well as fans of Renaissance art are those most likely to appreciate the setting of John L’Heureux’s novel, The Medici Boy. The narrator is Luca Mattei, an assistant to Donatello. L’Heureux creates all the elements of fine opera in his novel: a story of love with consequences; betrayal; and occasional comic relief. Florence comes alive in what readers expect of historical fiction: known figures mixed with fictional characters in a speculative narrative. I entered the story quickly as my interest was engaged in the first dozen pages, and I read the novel in a few entertaining sittings.

Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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