The Bird Artist

The Bird Artist

By Howard Norman

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312130275, 289pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1995

Description

Howard Norman's "The Bird Artist," the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper, Botho August. Later, he confesses who and what drove him to his crime--a measured, profoundly engrossing story of passion, betrayal, guilt, and redemption between men and women.

"The Bird Artist "is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.



About the Author
Two of Howard Norman s novels, "The Northern Lights" (1987) and "The Bird Artist" (1994), were nominated for the National Book Award. His other novels include "The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, " "Devotion", and "What is Left the Daughter". His books have been translated into twelve languages. Norman is the recipient of a Lannan Award in fiction, and he teaches at the University of Maryland.


Praise For The Bird Artist

"A classic story . . . All that is splendid and spectacular in the book is simply light, magically employed to seek out what is real." --Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Bewitching . . . glows like a night light in the reader's mind." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Completely original and compelling . . . written with great intelligence, wit and clarity." --Anne Whitehouse, The Boston Sunday Globe

"[The Bird Artist] combines colorful backwoods eccentrics and gothic melodrama that strongly resembles the work of film director David Lynch." --Edward B. St. John, Library Journal