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  • Location: Greece

The Nude

The Nude

Why a Booktrail?

1999: An island off the southern coast of Greece……

  • ISBN: 978-0857308832
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Art historian Elizabeth Clarke arrives on an island in Greece with the intent to acquire a rare female sculpture. But what begins as a quest for a highly valued cultural artifact evolves into a trip that will force Elizabeth to contend with her ambition, her desire, and her troubling history.

Disoriented by jet lag, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on prescription pills, Elizabeth finds herself enthralled by her new surroundings – and equally, by her translator’s inscrutable wife, a young artist named Theo.

As the nude’s acquisition proves to be riskier than she could have ever imagined, the fates of Elizabeth and the sculpture are called into question. To find a way out, Elizabeth must grapple with the role she’s played in the global art trade and the ethical fallout her personal and professional decisions could leave behind.

Travel Guide

An island off the Southern coast of Greece

The island where the story takes place is never mentioned by name and that adds to the mystery of the story. It places it everywhere and nowhere – this is the story of art theft and cultural theft as well as that of trauma and self-harm.

You will want to go to a Greek island and see some art in a museum however!


BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Nude

Destination: Greece  Author/guide: C Michelle Lindley  Departure Time: 1999

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