Skip to product information
1 of 1

New Vessel Press

The Animal Gazer

The Animal Gazer

Regular price $16.84 USD
Regular price $16.94 USD Sale price $16.84 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

14 in stock

Limpid, laser-sharp prose ... It's difficult not to love the eccentric, fragile Rembrandt Bugatti and suffer alongside him.--The New York Times Book Review

A hypnotic novel inspired by the strange and fascinating life of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of the fabled automaker. With World War I closing in and the Belle poque teetering to a close, Bugatti leaves his native Milan for Paris, where he encounters Rodin and casts his bronzes at the same foundry used by the French master. In Paris and then Antwerp, he obsessively observes and sculpts the baboons, giraffes, and panthers in the municipal zoos, finding empathy with their plight and identifying with their life in captivity. As the Germans drop bombs over the Belgian city, the zoo authorities are forced to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of the caged animals, and Bugatti is stricken with grief from which he'll never recover. Rembrandt Bugatti's work, now being rediscovered, is displayed in major art museums around the world and routinely fetches large sums at auction. Edgardo Franzosini recreates the young artist's life with intense lyricism, passion, and sensitivity.

Edgardo Franzosini, born in 1952, is the author of five novels. The Animal Gazer won two distinguished Italian literary awards in 2016, the Premio Comisso and the Premio Dessi.


Reading group guide to The Animal Gazer is available free of charge at newvesselpress.com.


Author: Edgardo Franzosini
Publisher: New Vessel Press
Published: 01/16/2018
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.30lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.20w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781939931528

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2017 pg. 9
Publishers Weekly 11/27/2017
Library Journal 12/01/2017
Foreword 12/26/2017

About the Author
Edgardo Franzosini, born in 1952, is the author of five novels. The Animal Gazer won two distinguished Italian literary awards in 2016, the Premio Comisso and the Premio Dessi.

Michael F. Moore has translated works by Alessandro Manzoni, Alberto Moravia and Primo Levi. Prior to becoming an interpreter at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, he studied sculpture at the Brera Academy in Milan.
View full details