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Goya's Class

Monika Zgustová

The Duchess of Alba, known as Goya’s muse, recalls the passions of youth on her deathbed in the royal court of eighteenth-century Madrid. A young woman defies the protocols of her arranged marriage and pursues love-and the life of a published writer-until her readers condemn her as a danger to society in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nina Berberova escapes persecution during Russian Revolution and flees to Paris, where the intelligentsia naively covet the promise of a Soviet Union. These three women attempt to find passion and intimacy in worlds that rarely accommodate female desire. Goya’s Glass is an unforgettable novel of guilty pleasures coursing through history.

Published by: The Feminist Press

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. iii-

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Goya’s Glass

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pp. 1-106

For the last time. How many times have I pronounced these words as a threat? I used to think of them as words like any others, insignificant, featherweight. I played with them as a child with her doll, like a lady with her fan. Only on that one occasion, when I said them in front of him, did these words become the chimera of a nightmare, ...

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The Garnet Necklace

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pp. 107-204

A dangerous woman.’ That’s how the Vienna prefecture described her in their report: ‘Dangerous. A flirt. A bad mother.’ That’s literally what they put in their police report. It goes on: ‘She indulges in literary activity and is a firm defender of the Czech national cause; she mixes with influential people, not only in Bohemia but also in Moravia and Northern Hungary. ...

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Is Life Going to Wait?

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pp. 205-322

The French live in the moment, whereas we prefer to philosophize about life. That is what I thought when I heard the noise, laughter, and music that were coming from the Bullier, the wooden dance hall. The painters were holding their annual charity ball there and I went out of curiosity. I recognized Derain and Braque among those who were dancing. ...

The Feminist Press

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E-ISBN-13: 9781558617988
Print-ISBN-13: 9781558617971

Page Count: 320

Edition: First Edition

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  • Alba, María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo, duquesa de, 1762-1802 -- Fiction.
  • Goya, Francisco, 1746-1828 -- Fiction.
  • Němcová, Božena, 1820-1862 -- Fiction.
  • Berberova, Nina Nikolaevna -- Fiction.
  • Historical fiction. -- gsafd.
  • Biographical fiction. -- gsafd.
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