Odalisques is the story of an American travel writer with a love of fine art, whose work takes him across Europe, visiting its cities and art museums. It is in the Louvre that he encounters La Grande Odalisque -- first Ingres' painting of the same name, and then its living representation in the form of the enigmatic woman who accosts him where he stands. He is as beguiled by the woman as he is by the painting, but finds himself spurned by her and wounded by her accusation that he has no soul, no culture.
Rising to the challenge of proving her wrong, on his tour from city to city and from gallery to gallery he finds his education, both cultural and sexual, "firmly" taken in hand by the "Odalisques" of the title, those exotic creatures who have been an inspiration for artists throughout the ages.
Cover art: Ingres' La Grande Odalisque.
About the Author
Severin Rossetti was a teacher of fine art, but now works at a lesser paid job which involves less stress. At the same time that he turned from teaching fine art, he also turned from its practice - have you seen the crap that passes for fine art these days?!? - to concentrate on writing.
After many rejection slips he finally had some encouragement. "Interesting," said one editor, "but it lacks passion. Spice it up a bit." Which he did, only to be told "wow!"... "well!"... "spiced up, yes, but we can't possibly publish this!"
Fortunately, others could, with the result that his erotic stories have been published in the UK and the USA in various magazines and anthologies. Rossetti's novels and short story collections have also been published in the US by Sizzler Editions, and are available from major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.