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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arianna Huffington Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions—for painting, women, and ideas—were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women—and men—who fell under his hypnotic spell.

Drawing on a wealth of startling revelations, including the vivid memories of Picasso’s daughter Maya and the heretofore untold recollections of Françoise Gilot, who shared his life for ten years and bore two of his children, the author has stripped bare the romantic myths to reveal, in all its volatile complexity, Picasso’s lifelong struggle between his power to create and his compulsion to destroy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Picasso of Huffington’s book is a wretchedly flawed genius, sadistic and treacherous, a liar who betrayed friends and colleagues…It is, in short, the kind of story for which gossips—and scriptwriters—would kill.”


  • “Picasso’s prolific creativity, Huffington argues, was fueled by his brutal candor and studied indifference to people and to social convention.”


  • “Huffington…has written an astonishing biography, a shocking portrait of a man driven by a compulsive need to destroy even as his creativity burst forth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The reading is easy to listen to, well-dramatized, and the production values are good. The biography won’t go out of style.”


  • “The life of Picasso contains rich material for an accomplished celebrity biographer [and] Huffington’s literary credentials are appropriate.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diana Stevan | 7/18/2013

    " Another bio. of a brilliant but sadistic man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William | 4/24/2013

    " What a brutal selfish genius. Given the picture of this man drawn in the book, I am not too impressed by him as a human being. But He certainly was a very talented person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerome Baladad | 1/16/2013

    " i got scared of picasso, after reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hatuxka | 1/13/2013

    " This was written in the right wing portion of Arianna Huffington's career. Melodramatic, overwrought and seems almost totally focused on condemnation of the bad character traits and communism of Picasso. It's an entertaining if not illuminating biography. "

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