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The Upside-Down World: Meetings with the Dutch Masters - Benjamin Moser (BONUS)

The Upside-Down World: Meetings with the Dutch Masters - Benjamin Moser (BONUS)

Penguin UK

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Benjamin Moser is a Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer, essayist and translator who made the Netherlands his home about 20 years ago. Since then, he has been exploring and getting re-enchanted with the Dutch masters, delving deeper into their lives, their motivations and approach to art. For Moser, this book is also a way to understand his own identity as a writer and a foreigner in the Netherlands and ‘”explore [his] own questions: about love and death and art and money, about how to see and how to be.”

Publisher's description

Plunged into a strange land at twenty-six, Benjamin Moser began an obsessive, decades-long study of the Dutch masters to make his world right again.

Arriving as a young writer in an ancient Dutch town, Benjamin Moser was flummoxed, as any newcomer might be, by the language, people, and culture. As he started exploring his newly adopted country, he stumbled upon the great painters of the Dutch Golden Age, that galaxy of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century artists―Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer among them―who seemed to be asking the same questions he’d been grappling with: Why do we make art? What even is art, anyway? Does it provide solace? Or something more necessary to human happiness? Year after year, Moser coaxed answers out of these old paintings, discovering in Rembrandt an affinity for the “unequivocally dead,” and in Ter Borch, an astonishing intimacy. Featuring seventeen artists and a beautifully designed, four-color text, The Upside-Down World, in the tradition of How Proust Can Change Your Life, seeks to explain how such resplendent beauty can―indeed must―flourish in a Iworld so endlessly marred by tragedy.

Praise and awards

Benjamin Moser was awarded Pulitzer Prize for one of his earlier works

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