The Fourth Canvas
|In the early
1970s a reclusive artist and philosopher disappears in Paris
after completing a fantastic series of canvases that trace
the rise and fall of empires. Eventually his bloated body is
dragged from the Seine. The knowledge and insight die with
him. Years later, Claude Chiragi, a graduate student in
Montreal receives a mysterious painting and senses the
relevance of the theory embedded in the artwork. His
curiosity is instantly aroused, and he launches a global
search for clues that will help him understand the message
and unravel the mystery of the artist’s fate. Embedded in
the paintings are tell-tale historical clues, mysteriously
coded, that predict imperial entropy in the future—from
economic collapse and cultural decadence to a coup d’etat
against civil society. Kidnappings, killings, undercover
conspiracy and a trek into ancestral roots, lend to this
novel its quality of intellectual mystery and gripping
"The Fourth Canvas is an intellectual thriller, an ambitious novel of ideas full of juicy characters. Rana Bose tackles the enigma at the heart of all great thinkers and doers."
— Marianne Ackerman
"Using six degrees of separation and a mysterious artist's fourth canvas, author Rana Bose builds one great story!"
— Desi Life
"With complex characters, a wide-spanning time period, and historical fact mixed with brilliant fiction, The Fourth Canvas will leave you asking, “When is the next Bose book ready?”"
— carp(e) libris
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-47-7
Publication Date: 2008
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