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Anne Douglas Sedgwick

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It is a common trend, up until this very day, to reveal the difficult side of being a great artist. Madame Okraska is no different. Great artists are, sometimes, very complicated. Sometimes the price of success is too high, for them and for those around them. Would Madame Okraska and her adopted daughter be able to pay it? Do they have to? Do children have to do everything in order to keep their parents happy, even when their own happiness and bliss is just around the corner? Tante deals with these questions and more. It is a brilliant psychological thriller, right between the psychological thrillers written by Anthony Trollope and Mary Elizabeth Braddon and those written in the 20th century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Did she send you for me?"

"You are in very good time," he reassured her. "She is over there—you see her feather now, don't you. I'll take you to her."

"Thank you so much. It has been a great rush. You have heard of the misfortunes? By good chance I found the quickest cab."

She was walking beside him, her eyes fixed before them on the group where she saw her guardian's plume and veil. "I don't know what Tante would have done if Victor had not been here in time to say good-bye to her."

Madame von Marwitz was holding a parting reception before the open door of her saloon carriage. Flowers and fruits lay on the tables. Louise and Miss Scrotton's maid piled rugs and cushions on the chairs and divans. One of the Jewish gentlemen stood with his hat pushed off his forehead talking in low, important tones to a pallid young newspaper man who made rapid notes.

Madame von Marwitz at once caught sight of Karen and Victor. Past the i. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Baroness Mercedes von Marwitz is burdened with the celebrity life of sycophants and adoring fans (think The Oprah) but she's not about to give up her place in the spot light (again think The Oprah). She is the guardian, or 'Tante', to a young woman named Karen Woodruff. When Karen dares to marry law

Il romanzo è stato scritto nel 1912, da una scrittrice a me finora ignota, che non mancherò di coltivare. L'ho trovato magnifico: la protagonista, una pianista di fama mondiale, adorata e venerata da una piccola, esclusiva corte di ciechi ammiratori, viene progressivamente messa a nudo, con le sue f