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The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre, Dominic Smith

Label
The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre
Title
The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre
Statement of responsibility
Dominic Smith
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
'...Beautifully written ...A compelling psychological study, a thoughtful tracing of the birth of a new art form and an atmospheric portrait of 19th-century France: impressive on all three counts.' Kirkus When the vision came, he was in the bathtub. So begins the madness of Louis Daguerre. In 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapours to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions. Believing the world will end in a year, Daguerre creates his 'Doomsday List': ten items he must photograph before the final day. The list includes a portrait of Isobel Le Fournier, a woman he has always loved but not spoken to in half a century. In this luminous novel, Dominic Smith reinvents the life of one of photography's founding fathers. Louis Daguerre's story is set against the backdrop of a Paris prone to bohemian excess and social unrest. It is here, amid this strange and beguiling setting, that Louis Daguerre sets off to capture his doomsday subjects. Louis enlists the help of the womanising poet Charles Baudelaire, and a jaded and beautiful prostitute named Pigeon. Together they scour the Paris underworld for images worthy of Daguerre's list. But Louis is also confronted by a chance to reunite with the only woman he's ever loved. Half a lifetime ago, Isobel Le Fournier kissed Louis Daguerre in a wine cave outside of Orleans. The result was a proposal, a rejection, and a misunderstanding that outlasted three kings and an emperor. Now, in the countdown to his apocalypse, Louis wants to understand why he has carried the memory of that kiss for so long
Summary
When the vision came, he was in the bathtub and so begins the madness of Louis Daguerre. In 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapors to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions. Believing the world will end within one year, Daguerre creates his "Doomsday List"--Ten items he must photograph before the final day. The list includes a portrait of Isobel Le Fournier, a woman he has always loved but not spoken to in half a century
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Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
143197
Cataloging source
AU@
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1971-
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Smith, Dominic
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé
  • Delusions
  • Conduct of life
  • Poisons
  • Biographical fiction
  • Photographers
  • Mercury in the body
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre, Dominic Smith
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Publication
Copyright
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Record machine-generated from publisher information
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059603307
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781760296377
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)973390226
Label
The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre, Dominic Smith
Publication
Copyright
Note
Record machine-generated from publisher information
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059603307
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781760296377
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)973390226

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