The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra
At the age of nine, Juan Salvatierra became mute following a horse riding accident. At twenty, he began secretly painting a series of long rolls of canvas in which he minutely detailed six decades of life in his village on Argentina’s river frontier with Uruguay. After the death of Salvatierra,... show more
At the age of nine, Juan Salvatierra became mute following a horse riding accident. At twenty, he began secretly painting a series of long rolls of canvas in which he minutely detailed six decades of life in his village on Argentina’s river frontier with Uruguay. After the death of Salvatierra, his sons return to the village from Buenos Aires to deal with their inheritance: a shed packed with painted rolls of canvas stretching over two miles in length and depicting personal and communal history. Museum curators from Europe come calling to acquire this strange, gargantuan artwork. But an essential roll is missing. A search ensues that illuminates the links between art and life, as an intrigue of family secrets buried in the past cast their shadows on the present.
Publish date: 2013-07-15
Publisher: New Vessel Press
Pages no: 118
Edition language: English
This is a great book. It's one of those books that you pick up and read it in one or two sittings, not even realizing you're reading. You put it down and think, "Huh, that was a good book," and then go do other things. And a day later you realize, "I'm still thinking about that book." Another day go...
This is a great little book about a great big idea - namely, art as life, life as art. In the story, a man loses his ability to speak and instead expresses his ideas through his paintbrush, painting a long and haunting canvass that flows like a muddy stream from one turn to the next. It's as pret...
This is a great story - a mute man spends most of his life creating this strange work of art. He paints miles and miles of canvasses and is totally uninterested in typical fame and fortune. What drove him to do this? What will happen to the work once he's died? His two sons seem to have lived their ...