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A Theater for Dreamers

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A Theater for Dreamers

It’s 1960, and the world teeters on the edge of cultural, political, sexual and artistic revolution. On the Greek island of Hydra, a proto-commune of poets, painters and musicians revel in dreams at the feet of their unofficial leaders, the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled queen and king of bohemia. At the center of this circle of misfit artists are the captivating and inscrutable Axel Jensen, his magnetic wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian ingenue poet named Leonard Cohen.
When 18-year-old Erica stumbles into their world, she’s fresh off the boat from London with nothing but a bundle of blank notebooks and a burning desire to leave home in the wake of her mother’s death. Among these artists, she will find an unraveling utopia where everything is tested --- the nature of art, relationships and her own innocence.
Intoxicating and immersive, A THEATER FOR DREAMERS is a spellbinding tour-de-force about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse --- and about the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius. Roiling with the heat of a Grecian summer, A THEATER FOR DREAMERS is, according to the Guardian, “a blissful piece of escapism” and “a surefire summer hit.”

A Theater for Dreamers
by Polly Samson

  • Publication Date: May 3, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN-10: 1643752596
  • ISBN-13: 9781643752594