Widow Basquiat: A Love Story

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We had previously posted news on this fascinating book (next on the long list of books I really want to read) but it seems to be circulating once again through sundry social media, so here is another description of Jennifer Clement’s Widow Basquiat: A Love Story (2014). This book tells “the beautifully written, deeply affecting story of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s partner, her past, and their life together.” [See our previous post From Muse to Outcast, A Woman Comes of Age In ‘Widow Basquiat’.]

Description: New York City in the 1980s was a mesmerizing, wild place. A hotbed for hip hop, underground culture, and unmatched creative energy, it spawned some of the most significant art of the 20th century. It was where Jean-Michel Basquiat became an avant-garde street artist and painter, swiftly achieving worldwide fame. During the years before his death at the age of 27, he shared his life with his lover and muse, Suzanne Mallouk.

A runaway from an unhappy home in Canada, Suzanne first met Jean-Michel in a bar on the Lower East Side in 1980. Thus began a tumultuous and passionate relationship that deeply influenced one of the most exceptional artists of our time.

In emotionally resonant prose, award-winning author Jennifer Clement tells the story of the passion that swept Suzanne and Jean-Michel into a short-lived, unforgettable affair. A poetic interpretation like no other, Widow Basquiat is an expression of the unrelenting power of addiction, obsession and love.

For original post, see http://www.jennifer-clement.com/books/widow-basquiat-tr

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