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The book details the life of Luís Mariano Malasaña, a poor young artist who arrives in Madrid a generation after the passing of Goya. Malasaña is a natural prodigy - and also a bitter man with a chip on his shoulder. When he discovers that his work has the unsettling side effect of killing everyone he paints, it seems a trivial detail to Malasaña - at first. The novel is less about the gruesome consequences of the painter's actions than Malasaña's approach to dealing with his lethal success. This is a driven young man who's really only good at one thing, and at first he's not willing to give up his dream just because other people get hurt. Over time, through nearly 50 years' worth of friendships and career moves as well as 2 marriages, he learns, he grows, and the question becomes, will he abandon his calling - or will he just be very, very careful?".
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   artist Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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