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During a sultry month on the Mediterranean coast, tension mounts in a triangle of love, power, and desire between a Russian art critic, an American artist, and a provocative activist
Russian art critic Vadim meets a mysterious North American artist of Russian origins, Patricia Pavloff, in Saint Petersburg. Captivated by the painter’s brilliance, the young critic travels to the coastal Catalonian town of Sitges, where Patricia lives, hoping to interview her and write a book about her work. Vadim’s dreams of being admitted to the inner sanctuary of the artist’s studio wax and wane as Patricia’s personality oscillates between two extremes. She’s friendly and playful one moment, cold and distant the next. Patricia shares her house with the voluptuous and provocative Radhika, whose power games foster an unsettling dynamic between the three. Attracted by Radhika’s beauty but repelled by her politics, Vadim doesn’t know which of the two women he desires most. Underlying the sexual and romantic tension are the dramatic events of the Prague Spring of 1968, cut short by the Soviet invasion. The juxtaposition of two narratives provokes fresh perspectives in this multi-layered and sensual exploration of the nature of love, art, guilt, and freedom.

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José  Sanclemente

José Sanclemente

José Sanclemente is an economist and media expert. He has been CEO of one of Spain’s largest media groups, Grupo Zeta; a board member of Antena 3 TV; president of the Association of Spanish Newspaper Editors (AEDE); founder and promoter of ADN newspaper; and director of La Casa Editorial El Tiempo. He currently acts as a business consultant to newspaper companies and is a member of the advisory committee of Grupo La Información, among others. Sanclemente lives in Alella, Barcelona, and spends part of his time in New York. You Have to Tell is his first novel. 

 

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