Portrait of an Unknown Lady

Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead

Portrait of an Unknown Lady
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Portrait of an Unknown Lady

Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead

Set in Buenos Aires of the ‘60s and present day, this is a glittering novel full of intrigue and glamour. It celebrates three magnetic women and their influence in a bohemian underworld of art forgery, European emigrés, and once-grand hotels.


At the heart of the book is the enigmatic Renée, artist-savant and the best forger in town, who becomes the preoccupation, even obsession, of the book’s young narrator, after the death of her own mentor, Enriqueta. Told as a kind of homage, through memories, interviews, and even an auction catalogue, Portrait of an Unknown Lady is a mordant, playful novel about influence, authenticity, value, and what we really know of one another.

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