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By Jane Urquhart

A masterful novel by means of the hugely praised writer of Away, The Underpainter tells the tale of a 75-year-old American minimalist painter who creates a brand new sequence of work as he recollects the main points of his lifestyles and of the lives of these people who have affected him.

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