Piranesi's Dream
by Gerhard Köpf

July, 2000
Hardcover, 252 pages
0.9 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0807614730
$22.50 (Can $25.50)








A fictional autobiography of the fantastically creative eighteenth-century Italian engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Günter Grass has observed, "Köpf is a born storyteller," and in this fictional autobiography of the famed eighteenth-century Italian engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi, author Gerhard Köpf has woven a story from fact that is a delight to read. In addition to exploring the embittered, eccentric, yet fantastically creative mind of this prolific artist, Köpf has recreated a Piranesi who is able to travel throughout time and throughout the world, musing over art and aesthetics, attacking his enemies, and ruminating over his thwarted dream of becoming an architect.

"
Intense and densely lyric . . . it is shot-through with beautifully wrought passages."
--Booklist