Winner of three prestigious Catalan literary awards—Premio Octavi Pellissa, Premio de la Crítica Catalana and Premio Qwerty—Brandes’ Decision is an intense lyric narrative about memory’s shortcomings and the small rebellions that give meaning to life.
Brandes, a painter living in Nazi-occupied Paris has a tough decision to make: Göring has taken away all his artwork and asked him to hand over his Lucas Cranach painting, a family heirloom. If he relinquishes the Cranach, he will recover all his pictures in exchange. If he refuses, he will never get them back. In his search for a solution, Brandes reflects on the deeper meaning of things and their true values.
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"This novel resonates with detail and wonder; art, history and human experience as well as shafts of recognition exciting the senses and emotions. . . . It is an astute, deeply human confessional narrative in which a man is an artist, a soldier, and a lover."
—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times
"This is a fine, complex, truly multifaceted book, in an elegant, flowing translation by Mara Faye Lethem, where many wavelengths of conscience and strands of vision tangle and fuse without ever getting blurred or tainted. It is a lucid chronicle of history and historical perspective, of lives lived and their stories, a delicate tribute to the art of painting and reflection, to the true art that, according to Braque, is life."
—Mika Provata-Carlone, Bookanista
"Brandes's Decision packs a decent punch, especially regarding the basic dilemma Brandes faced but also in some of the personal details, and at this length it is a reasonably satisfying read."
—M. A. Orthofer, The Complete Review
“A short but intense novel. Big, believe me.”
—Joan Josep Isern, Avui
“A little masterpiece.”
—Giancarlo Montalbini, Lettera
“A refined book, of the kind that must be added to one’s collection so that it may be re-read whenever in need of true emotions in the silent world of writing.”
—Matteo Chiavarone, Ghigliottina
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