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A Novel of Venice
Moving between the wonder of 18th-century Venice and the dark chaos of Germany at the end of World War II, The Merchants of Light is the story of a dynasty of artists who lived, loved and died by painting.
In May 1945, beleaguered Monuments Man arrives in the bombed-out German city of Würzburg. His mission — to rescue vulnerable art treasures from the ravages of war. But surrounded by utter devastation, he wonders if there will be anything left to save…
What he finds will uncover the story of Tiepolo, the vibrant and prolific Venetian artist, and most successful painter of his day, and of Cecilia, mother to their tribe of talented children and model for the sublime beauties that appear throughout her husband’s works.
This family’s dramatic saga interweaves with the 20th-century struggle to rescue their most spectacular masterpiece, creating a bridge between old world and new, and asking — can human creativity triumph over human destruction?
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The immensely gifted Marta Maretich recreates with unerring eloquence the world of Tiepolo, his family, his patrons and his art. Few writers bring such skill to writing about art and these glittering pages, like the masterpieces Maretich describes, are full of life and passion. I felt that I too was walking the streets of eighteenth century Venice, a privileged visitor at Tiepolo’s studio. The result is a wonderfully absorbing and exciting novel.”
author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
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The first Harry Linley adventure
In the midst the world’s faltering recovery from the economic crisis, listless financier and ex-special forces officer Harry Linley accepts the seemingly innocent task of spending a week cat-sitting for a friend.
By the end of the third night, however, two men are dead on the kitchen floor.
A handful of disparate international strangers find themselves subsequently entangled in a web of deceit, sex and murder amongst the glittering towers of Dubai, with a seemingly unstoppable chain of miscommunication threatening to bring them and the world to ruin.
And at the heart of all this chaos: a beautiful, white Persian cat.
This hilarious, mile-a-minute thriller provides a sharp-eyed satire of our globalised world, in which those who shout loudest, shoot fastest and spend most always try to come out on top.
Read a free SAMPLE here to get a taste.
Funny, troubling and thought-provoking all in one – from a man who has been there and seen it himself!”
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Marta Maretich was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and grew up in Bakersfield, California. Her mother was primary school teacher and her father was an oilman. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with an honors degree in Comparative Literature.
After graduation, she traveled extensively and worked as an English teacher in Spain, Taiwan and central Los Angeles before taking a job in publishing with the professional publisher Jossey-Bass. While there, she helped develop the first-ever imprint dedicated to the nonprofit sector. At the same time she completed an MFA in fiction from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Both experiences went on to shape her professional and creative careers for the rest of her life.
Marta is the author of two novels: The Possiblity of Lions and The Merchants of Light. Her short fiction, poems and essays have appeared in many publications including Boom! A Journal of California, The Harvard Review and The Jacaranda Review. She was the editor of The Berkeley Poetry Review and Whispering Campaign, an arts journal. She has been awarded residencies at the Eastern Frontiers Foundation and Yaddo.
Marta has written and edited numerous publications for and about the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on organizational development, leadership and governance. She currently writes about social finance and tracks the evolution of innovative approaches to funding social and environmental good.
Marta has lived in London since 1995. Her husband, Michael Alford, is a painter. They have one daughter.
Visit Marta’s personal website where you can learn more about her and her other works: www.martamaretich.com
Read Marta’s in-depth interview here with writer and publisher Jo Swinnerton, as they discuss The Merchants of Light, writing and being a modern-day artist’s model.