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The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century

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The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century

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Edward Dolnick is the author of Down the Great Unknown, The Forger’s Spell, and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.

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As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, Hermann Goering, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.

 

“When it comes to forgery and its ability to fascinate . . . Edward Dolnick has hit the mother lode. . . . Dolnick more than does it justice, drawing on his knowledge of a wide range of subjects.” —Los Angeles Times

 

“Dolnick brilliantly re-creates the circumstances that made possible one of the most audacious frauds of the 20th century. And in doing so Dolnick plumbs the nature of fraud itself . . . an incomparable page turner.”  —Boston Globe 

 

“Riveting new art thriller. . . . Likely to captivate not just readers moved by war, art, and the art of deception, but anyone interested in human vanity and our sometimes baffling ability to see only what we want to see.” —Christian Science Monitor

 

“The Forger’s Spell is an excellent read, a swift and astute narrative written from many complex perspectives to great effect.” —Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Dolnick…tells his story engagingly and with a light touch. He has a novelist’s talent for characterization, and he raises fascinating questions.” —New York Times Book Review

 

“An engaging and highly amusing account of a clever craftsman. . . . On all those levels this is a delightful foray into art history and psychology” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Details
  • Paperback
  • 5 3/10" x 9/10" x 8"
  • 384 pages
  • Harper Perennial, 2009
  • ISBN-10: 0060825421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060825423

 

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