By Rachel Pastan
In an encouraged restaging of Daphne du Maurier’s vintage Rebecca, a tender curator reveals herself haunted via the legacy of her predecessor.
At the Venice Biennale, an aspiring assistant curator from the Midwest meets Bernard Augustin, the rich, enigmatic founding father of the Nauk, a state of the art artwork museum on Cape Cod. It’s been years because the tragic demise of the Nauk’s leader curator, Augustin’s adolescence buddy and muse, Alena. while Augustin deals the placement to our heroine (who, like du Maurier’s unique, continues to be anonymous) she dives on the chance—and quick reveals herself good out of her depth.
The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the past—a earlier obsessively preserved by means of the museum’s company supervisor and the remainder of the employees. Their devotion to the reminiscence of the charismatic Alena threatens to stifle the hot curator’s efforts to gain her personal inventive imaginative and prescient, and her each stream mires her extra deeply in inventive, erotic, and emotional entanglements. while new proof calls into query the situations of Alena’s dying, her loyalty, integrity, and braveness are positioned to the try, and shattering secrets and techniques surface.
Stirring and provocative, Alena is the results of a scrumptious visitation of 1 of the most well-liked novels of the 20 th century on a super and artistic novelist of the twenty-first.
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