Bluebeard was written in 1988. Rabo Karabekian is an old abstract expressionist painter who is obsessive about his painting collection. He his missing one eye from the war. In the beginning the reader learns that he is very private, with a sense of humour. A young woman, Circe Berman shows up on his property and Rabo, not knowing that she planned to stay for a long time, invites her to stay with him. She makes him write to get out his frustrations so he writes an autobiography. The plot jumps back and for the between the autobiography and what is happening in present time. He begins with his move from Armenia to California, and his childhood in New York. He tells the reader about how he obtained his place in the art world, and talks about being an apprentice for a famous artists and the work he had to go through like having to paint a room so well the it looked like a photograph. When he speaks about the present it is revealed that he is hiding a huge secret in his locked up potato barn, and that Circe wants to get in and find out what it is. No one except Rabo knows what's in there.
This report prepared by Brittany Kube
Bluebeard is the "autobiography" of painter Rabo Karabekian. Once an important painter and friend of Jackson Pollack, Karabekian no longer paints because the material he used for his works had a flaw that made it peel up and flake off. His home is invaded by widow Circe Berman who browbeats him into writing his autobiography. Berman also dedicates herself to finding out what Rabo has hidden in his shed.
This report prepared by Steve Honeywell