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Arrogance

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Nominated for the 1991 PEN/Faulkner Award, this fictionalized account of the life of Egon Schiele in fin de siecle Vienna examines the ingredients of artistic genius. Schiele — who was eventually imprisoned on charges of immorality — was obsessed with prepubescent girls in both his painting and his life. By raising questions about the “appropriate” subject matter for art, Arrogance becomes a historical novel with a contemporary subtext. A