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Saint Sebastian's Abyss
  • Mark Haber
  • ISBN: 9781566896368
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Pub Date: 05/2022
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • Price: $16.95
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"What I wanted more than anything was to be standing beside Schmidt, in concert with Schmidt, at the foot of Saint Sebastian's Abyss along with Schmidt, hands cupped to the sides of our faces, debating art, transcendence and the glory of the apocalypse."

Former best friends who built their careers writing about a single work of art meet after a decades-long falling out. One of them, called to the other's deathbed for unknown reasons by way of a "relatively short" nine page email, spends his flight to Berlin reflecting on Renaissance painter Count Hugo Beckenbaur and his masterpiece, Saint Sebastian's Abyss, the work that established both men as important art critics and also destroyed their relationship. A darkly comic meditation on art, obsession, and the enigmatic power of friendship, Saint Sebastian's Abyss stalks the museum halls of Europe, feverishly seeking salvation, annihilation, and the meaning of belief.

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