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Kokoschka's Doll
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Kokoschka's Doll (Paperback)

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Synopsis

"Afonso Cruz is one of the strongest voices in contemporary Portuguese literature" Antonio Saez Delgado, El Pais



When Oskar Kokoschka's when his affair with Alma Mahler ended, the Austrian painter commissioned a life-sized doll in her image. Rather than keep his love secret, Kokoschka paraded with the doll through the town. But one day he grows tired of it, smashes a bottle of red wine over its head and throws it out. From that moment on it becomes crucial to the fate of many people who survived the thousands of tons of bombs that fell on Dresden during the Second World War.



They include Isaac Dresner, a Jew who developed a limp in his left foot, after he was burdened with the memory of his best friend being killed in front of him during World War II. The reader is also introduced to Bonifaz Vogel, a man with a suspended conscience, Tsilia Kacev, an Orthodox Jew who gets stigmata, and a millionaire, Zsigmond Varga, who wants to weigh the human soul, measuring evil and sin with a hydraulic scale



Based on a remarkable true story, and set during a tumultuous period in European history, Kokoschka's Doll is an imaginative and playful novel combining philosophical musings, wistful tales of lost love and accomplished writing rich with imagery.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Quercus Publishing Publication Date: 24/12/2020 ISBN-13: 9781529402698  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Afonso Cruz was born in Figueira da Foz in 1971. He works as a director of animation movies, an illustrator, a musician and a writer. Cruz studied at the Antonio Arroio Arts High School in Lisbon, at the College of Fine Arts of Lisbon and at the Madeira Institute of Plastic Arts. His animation career includes several movies and series. In 2007, he recorded an album with his blues/roots band, The Soaked Lamb, for which he composed the original songs, wrote the lyrics, sang and played the guitar, the banjo, the harmonica and the ukulele. He started his career as a fiction writer in 2008 with the novel A Carne de Deus (The Flesh of God).

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