The Swan Thieves

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The Swan Thieves
Author Elizabeth Kostova
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-316-06578-8

The Swan Thieves is a 2010 novel by American author Elizabeth Kostova. The "old painter" described in the book before the first chapter is Alfred Sisley.[1] Beatrice de Clerval is not based on a single real artist, but Kostova was influenced in developing her life by the life of Berthe Morisot.[2]

La neige à Louveciennes (Snow at Louveciennes)


Entertainment Weekly gave the book a "C" grade.[3] The Washington Post said, "Kostova's new book, set partly in Washington, tells a rather simple story, and its characters, although they sometimes insist otherwise, don't change radically over time. (All are painters, and they're not much different, in interest or in outlook, from one another.)"[4]


  1. ^ Wendy Smith (27 Jan 2010). ""The Swan Thieves", by Elizabeth Kostova". Powell's Books. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Trisha, Managing Editor (17 Nov 2009). "Sneak peek: Elizabeth Kostova's 'The Swan Thieves'". Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Karen Valby. "BOOK REVIEW: The Swan Thieves (2010)". Entertainment Weekly date=06 Jan 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Donna Rifkind (12 Jan 2010). "Book World reviews Elizabeth Kostova's 'The Swan Thieves'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 March 2012.