Nella scintillante atmosfera della Vienna di inizio Novecento, Adele Bloch-Bauer, discendente di una facoltosa famiglia ebrea, fa il suo debutto nell'alta società. Tra frenetici giri di valzer e accese discussioni sul valore dell'avant-garde, la ragazza si lascia trascinare in un vortice di sensualità che la fa cadere tra le braccia del pittore Gustav Klimt. Adele diventa la sua giovane musa, modella per ritratti dall'erotismo sfacciato che sfidano le rigide convenzioni di un gusto accademico ormai sull'orlo della decadenza. Tempi di euforia ma anche di incertezza per un'Europa nella quale le teorie antisemite cominciano a prendere piede, sfociando, in meno di quarant'anni, in uno dei periodi più bui della storia. Maria, nipote prediletta dell'ormai defunta Adele, assiste inerme all'invasione dell'Austria da parte dei nazisti; uno per uno, tutti i membri della sua famiglia vengono arrestati o uccisi, mentre i pochi superstiti sono costretti a fuggire all'estero. Il destino pone Maria davanti a un'ardua scelta: cominciare una nuova vita in America, mettendo a tacere per sempre il dolore dei ricordi, oppure combattere con i fantasmi del passato per mantenere viva la memoria dei suoi cari? "La bellezza rubata" segue il dipanarsi di un'eccezionale storia vera lunga più di un secolo, attraverso le vicende di due donne coraggiose. Un romanzo ricco dello stesso controverso magnetismo dei dipinti di Gustav Klimt.
- ISBN: 8806243756
- Casa Editrice: Einaudi
- Pagine: 392
I am a sucker for a good cover so when I saw this one, I quickly put it at the top of my list and admired it every time I sat it down on my coffee table. Not only was it a pretty cover, it was a pretty awesome story. Two parallel stories told in different eras. Adele, in the late 1880's, finding hers Leggi tutto
Adele Bloch-Bauer living in Austria in the late 1880's, from a family of means is a strong , passionate independent young woman with a thirst for knowledge of art , philosophy, literature . At a time when it wasn't acceptable for women to pursue such interests, she follows her brother's dying wish w Leggi tutto
On the wall directly across the foot of my bed, I have hanging a large framed print of Klimt's, The Kiss. I love it, see something new in it all the time. Love his work, so naturally I was drawn to this book about Vienna in 1903, featuring Klimt and Adele Block-Bauer. I had also started another book Leggi tutto
What a beautiful, glittering book cover for this novel! It’s reminiscent of the gold leaf painting by Gustav Klimt that immortalized Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of two central characters within this historical fiction and the real life model for his 1907 painting, “Woman in Gold”. The author weaves toget Leggi tutto
A vibrant and compelling historical fiction novel about art, passion, love and war and family.A magnificent blend of fact, fiction and history which makes this novel so readable and enjoyable. From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, Leggi tutto
A wonderful story of two very strong women and one beautiful gold painting. A must read for historical fiction fans. I felt like I had been reading this one for ages. Not because I did not like it, but because the kid in me came out. Each time I went to the library, a new shiny book came in and I ex Leggi tutto
I’m a longtime fan of Gustav Klimt’s works, so I knew I had to give STOLEN BEAUTY a listen when it came across my audiobook radar. The title refers to Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, one of Klimt’s most famous paintings during his “Golden Phase.” (Take a look at the painting HERE .) At the heart of Leggi tutto
This book is about the lives of Adele Bloch-Bauer and her niece, Maria Altmann and their connection to the painter Gustav Klimt. Adele was raised in Vienna and as a child was bright and curious. Because she was a girl, she had been limited by her parents to what she could learn and study. She met he Leggi tutto
I really liked this & learned so much about the artist Klimt. Art is an area that I’ve never had much interest in, however, novels like this are helping change that. Adele was a woman before her time and I’m glad that I got to learn her story. My only complaint was concerning Adele’s death. As the r Leggi tutto
Love, war, and art. STOLEN BEAUTY moves from 1900 to 1938 as we follow the lives of Adele and Maria. In 1900, Adele's story was about her life and how she became fascinated with the painter Gustav Klimt and that era of art. In 1938, the story is told of Maria, Adele's niece, newly married and taken f Leggi tutto
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