(From the publisher):
A fusion of three narrative strands: ribald telling of tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses
, in which characters are transformed into plants or water or stone; dark and disturbing Irish fairy stories, in which characters are abducted and menaced, and sometimes rewarded for their ability to tell stories to demonic listeners; and fantastic tales of 17th-century Dutch painting, of the painters and their time and of the pictures themselves.
The universal theme is that of transmutation and the power of art: of light captured on canvas, experience immortalized in narrative. Stories branch infinitely into other stories, each connecting, and each fishing for the truth. The central image of amber, of light or creatures captured in it, transformed by it, is sustained throughout the book.
Original title: Fishing for Amber
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Literary Fantasy
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