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Rome, 1955The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome's historic villas, a party is bright with near-genius, shaded by the socialite patrons of their art. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast, masculine, meaty canvases, is their god. Larger than life, muscular in both figure and opinion, he blazes at art criticism and burns half his paintings. He is at the centre of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.From the side of the room watches little Pinch - their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, striving to live up to the Bavinsky name; while Natalie, a ceramicist, cannot hope to be more than a forgotten muse. Trying to burn brightly under his father's shadow - one of the twentieth century's fiercest and most controversial painters - Pinch's attempts flicker and die. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, Pinch will enact an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.What makes an artist? In The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman displays a nuanced understanding of twentieth-century art and its demons, vultures and chimeras. Moreover, in Pinch he achieves a portrait of painful vulnerability and realism: talent made irrelevant by personality. Stripped of egotism, authenticity or genius, Pinch forces us to face the deep held fear of a life lived in vain....

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Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The Italian Teacher Reviews

  • Marialyce

    4.5 gloriously written stars

    Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's attention plays havoc with this young boy's life. Pinch is a shy boy, loved by his mother, Natalie, but forever seeking the attention and approval of his artist father, Bear Bavinsky.

    Bear is a bigger than life artist, husb

  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That’s all they were fighting for.

    What driven lives!”

    Charles “Pinch” Bavinsky is the Roman spawn of a Canadian sculptor and a celebrated American artist. Bear Bavinsky achieved his reputation in the 1950s by painting body parts, never faces. His canvases are masculine and virile to match hi

  • Robert Blumenthal

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of the better of its kind. It is both a story of art and its creation and promotion. It has a major theme that is akin to the phrase "if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, etc., etc." Wrapped up in all th ...more

  • Ellen

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the top of my list.

    It took awhile for me to get hooked. Rachman's protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, and we meet him as a child and then follow him through all the phases of his life. He is a hapless but endearing characte

  • Angela M

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It’s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be .There are certainly some thought provoking questions raised about art and the relationship the artist has with his work, about creativity. For whom is the art created - for the artist, for those who look at it, for ...more

  • Michael

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between authentic creativity in art and its corruption by the incestuous enterprises of marketing, journalism, and academic study.

    Charles (“Pinch”) grows up in Rome in the 50s and 60s with his loving mother Natalie, who is a

  • Jamie Jones Hullinger

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the characters were so amazingly developed.  I could not decided if I liked, hated or completely ambivalent of the characters.  The main character is Charles, Pinch, Bavinsky.  I still cannot decide if I feel sorry for Pinch o ...more