Friday, December 21, 2018

On the Road to Tarascon - Arnab Nandy

A missing Van Gogh -'The Painter on the Road to Tarascon' - is suspected to have been burnt in a fire along with several other paintings (and the curator) after World War II. But has the painting really been destroyed?

Picking up the trail in 2012 is the granddaughter of the curator of the museum who knew the secret. She picks up the cue thanks to her grandmother who has had an affair with the guy who saved the painting, a Britisher. Copies are made, governments are involved, paintings are exchanged. In 2012 the scene shifts to Kolkata where a young man finds himself drawn to a young German girl. The German girl is the curator's grand daughter. A third angle comes in, which is also interested in the painting. There is a race to find out the painting and whether it really is the real one.

A complex plot. Lots of angles. Arnab Nandy makes a promising debut. However, I wish he had delved deeper and fleshed out the main characters some more even at the cost of increasing the length. 

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