Marta Maretich was born in Nigeria and grew up in California. She attended UC Berkeley where she graduated with an honors degree in Comparative Literature. In addition to The Merchants of Light, she has written one other novel, The Possiblity of Lions (GemmaMedia, 2011). 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. She has lived in London since 1995. Her husband, Michael Alford, is a painter. They have one daughter.
THE MERCHANTS OF LIGHT
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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