||Czech artist Mischa Svoboda is an idealist who believes his paintings speak for themselves. His Australian wife, Greer, has more savvy notions about the inter-workings of art, personality, and power. So when Anthony, an ambitious American biographer, comes to dinner to interview the couple, Greer is determined to not fall for his traps or his charms. At stake lies a sexual secret, one that Anthony has already unearthed, but that he craves to capture on his audio tapes. Virginia Duigan's novel takes the form of a series of documents: interview transcripts, Anthony's notes and commentary, and Greer's personal diaries. The result is a brilliantly executed drama, a power-struggle that raises postmodern and personal questions about the intersection of biography and life.
||Greer Gordon lives in Italy with Mischa Svoboda, a driven Czech-born painter with a booming international reputation. Their explosive love affair caused Greer to abandon her husband and job, to sever all contact with home, and to embark upon a nomadic life with Mischa. Tony, a young American art critic, has been researching a biography of Mischa and has come to the small Italian hilltop community where they now live to interview the artist. Greer is consumed by anxiety, fearing Tony may have unearthed a buried secret she had intended to write out of her life story. It soon becomes clear that Tony is manipulating the couple in order to produce a more exciting conclusion to his book. As her hand is slowly forced, Greer must finally examine her past actions, and in the process she makes a life-changing discovery.