Newly available in a revised edition, this is the imagined life story of the young man whose likeness has stood for more than five hundred years in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
No one knows who was the model for Michelangelo’s statue of David – or even if there was one. But in David: the Unoffocial Autobiography, Mary Hoffman has filled that gap with the story of Gabriele, the sculptor’s eighteen-year-old “milk brother” who comes to the city in search of fortune and finds fame of all the wrong kind.
It isn’t long before he is caught up in the political factions of early cinquecento Florence and the way he looks ensures that his sentimental education is as turbulent as his life as a spy and double agent.
What the critics said about the original edition:
“An engrossing political murder-mystery.” The Times (Amanda Craig).
“This is a meaty, satisfying piece of work, astute and convincing, detailing Gabriele’s burgeoning sexual and artistic nature.” Sunday Times (Nicolette Jones)
“Mary Hoffman has written an elegant novel which is totally believable, witty, and hard to put down.” Daily Mail (Kathy Stevenson)
“David brings a sexy immediacy to the creation of a sculptural marvel . . .the book makes palpable the contemporary meaning of the statue of a giant-killer – a (literally) gigantic anti-aristocratic gesture.” Financial Times (Suzi Feay)
“It is a brilliant premise for a novel. . . . Full of carefully-researched detail, David is at once the tale of a fictional character, the story of a work of genius and an evocation of a particularly compelling moment in Italy’s past.” Guardian (Linda Buckley-Archer)
‘Mary Hoffman captures all the energy and excitement of the Italian Renaissance as she brings Michelangelo’s David down from his pedestal to walk the streets of Florence as a flesh-and-blood stonemason. A thrilling story of dangerous rivalries in art, love and politics, with one of the world’s greatest masterpieces at its heart.’ Ross King (Author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling)
ISBN: 978-1-911122-07-4 (paperback), 978-1-911122-08-1 (ebook). Buy on Hive.