Emili Rossell, the young owner of one of Barcelona’s top galleries, receives an old manuscript written by an Italian architect about the “Invisible City” – an ambitious project dreamt up by King Charles III to build an alternative capital city in the Ebro delta. The manuscript contains hints about a lost masterpiece by the Venetian painter Tiepolo, and the site of the Invisible City is where Emili used to play as a child; spurred on by these reasons, he is plunged into a fascinating extinct world.
Juxtaposing the life of the eighteenth-century royal court and the contemporary art world – both with a similar share of intrigue, politics and romance – The Invisible City is a gripping historical mystery and a compelling examination of the forces of power and love.
'Emili Rosales is one of the brightest and more promising new voices in recent Catalan literature, and his Invisible City
is a seductive cocktail that blends intrigue, art and the secret history of Europe to create a literary yet thrilling journey of self-discovery' Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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