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The Curious Case of Jan Torrentius

Brian Howell

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Status available
Release Date Winter 2021
Size 15 × 23 cm
Pages 290
ISBN 978-3-945795-36-1
Edition paperback edition
Workmanship Paperback binding, illustrated boards.


3 years ago, the first 3 parts of Brian Howell’s intriguing novel about the Dutch painter Jan Torrentius (1589 - 1644) were published as “The Stream and the Torrent”. Last year the Dutch filmmaker Maarten de Kroon finished his acclaimed documentary about this controversial painter and his only surviving mysterious masterpiece.

We finally offer the long-awaited 3 new parts of Brian’s book: “The Curious Case of Jan Torrentius”.

“In 1629, this painter, fêted in the highest social and artistic circles of Hague society for his unusual ability to depict real objects with uncommon accuracy, along with being suspected of belonging to, if not being the head of, a secret society known as the Rosy Cross, is languishing in prison, having been found guilty of atheism, blasphemy, and heresy.”
— Brian Howell