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The Swan Thieves

By Elizabeth Kostova

The Swan Thieves
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2010,
    576 pages.
    Paperback: Nov 2010,
    592 pages.

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Fiction about Women, Artists and Mad Genius
One of the key themes in The Swan Thieves is the challenge of male and female artists who form relationships and must navigate the storms of artistic temperament and genius. The theme could be looked at as a genre or perhaps a subgenre of novels about art/romance.

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