They became a refuge and a way to think about the world outside the urgencies of the present. A quarter of a century later,
having found no trace of his father, Matar finally visits the birthplace of those paintings. A Month in Siena is the encounter between the writer and the city.
It is an immersion in painting, a consideration of love, grief, and a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and life.
A dazzling exploration of art’s impact on his life and writing, and moving contemplation of grief’ Financial Times’I can think of no better expression of the humane than this economical,
the modest, yet altogether breathtaking book’ New Statesman, Books of the Year’Bewitching, intensely moving’ The Economist, Books of the Year