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A keen satirical look at the world of art and museums by the author of the modern classic, Catch-22.

What makes this book stand out?

It is a "novel, " but it is also a kind of weird historiography as well; it spans ancient Greek and Renaissance Europe, with Aristotle and Rembrandt and Socrates as its characters.

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The plot has a fairly ingenious discussion of state politics, art, philosophy, and capitalism.

Don't read it for

There is not a patch so much of a central storyline.

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