Rupert Thomson: Secrecy


The latest addition to my website is Rupert Thomson‘s latest novel Secrecy. Unusually for Thomson, it is set in the past – seventeenth century Florence – and involves several real people, including the main character Gaetano Zummo, who made sculptures out of wax, particularly ones showing decomposing bodies. Zummo comes to work for Grand Duke Cosimo III in Florence who admires Zummo’s work and similar bizarre works of art, and gets caught up in a dirty plot not of his making, involving the Dominicans, Cosimo’s estranged wife and a woman he falls in love with. While it is enjoyable reading, it is not one of Thomson’s best works.

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