Tulip Fever: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2001-04-10
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Deborah Moggach
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE â¢Â A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retributionâset in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.
In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.
Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist.
As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the householdâs inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deceptionâand as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.
In this richly imagined international bestseller, Deborah Moggach has created the rarest of novelsâa lush, lyrical work of fiction that is also compulsively readable. Seldom has a novel so vividly evoked a time, a place, and a passion.
Praise for Tulip Fever
âSumptuous prose . . . reads like a thriller.ââThe New York Times Book Review
âAn artful novel in every sense of the word . . . deftly evokes seventeenth-century Amsterdamâs vibrant atmosphere.ââLos Angeles Times
âNeed a brief escape into a beautiful and faraway world? Deborah Moggachâs wonderful Tulip Fever can offer you that.ââNew York Post
âTaut with suspense and unexpected revelations.ââEntertainment Weekly
âElegantly absorbing.ââThe Philadelphia Inquirer