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I am Venus
Aug. 14, 2018
Barbara Mujica
Fiction: General/Other
In this breathtaking historical novel by the acclaimed author of the best-selling Frida, Barbara Mujica reimagines the dramatic life and loves of the Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. Narrated by the mysterious model who posed for The Toilet of Venus, his only surviving female nude, I am Venus, is the riveting account of the great artist's rise to prominence, set against the backdrop of a political turmoil and romantic scandal.

The year is 1619, and Diego Velazquez is a rising star at an art academy in Seville run by his father-in-law. But even as his young wife builds him a family, the painter yearns for a larger canvas, and soon his ambition lands him at the court of King Philip IV, where he quickly earns prominence, just as Spain is plunged into military defeat and domestic chaos.

But as he gains nobility and privilege, Velazquez encounters the sinful decadence that defines the regime. At the heart of this most conservative country, its ruling class breaks every rule that the masses must obey. As he finds himself torn between loyalty to family and the easy seductions of power, Velazquez decides to take on his riskiest painting yet, which could, in a stroke, land him in the claws of the Inquisition.

A sweeping story of scandal and passion, and a vivid recreating of the corrupt kingdom on the brink of collapse, I am Venus is a thrilling novel that brings to life the public and privates worlds of Spain's greatest painter.
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Foreign translation rights except Dutch, Film and Television.
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World English and Dutch.
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Praise for I am Venus

"Mujica's prose is vigorous and intense, and the story is paradoxically both dark and illuminating." -- Kirkus Reviews
Leticia Gomez
Savvy Literary Services
phone: 281-465-0119
3 Griffin Hill Ct., The Woodlands, TX 77382
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