The mercury visions of Louis Daguerre

a novel

By Smith, Dominic

Publishers Summary:
When the vision came, he was in the bathtub. So begins the madness of Louis Daguerre. In 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapors to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions. Believing the world will end within one year, Daguerre creates his "Doomsday List" -- ten items he must photograph before the final day. The list includes a portrait of Isobel Le Fournier, a woman he has always loved but not spoken to in half a century.

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ISBN
978-0-74327-114-1
Publisher
New York : ATRIA Books, 2006.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on February 15, 2006

Most of Smith's promising if flawed debut novel takes place when the great inventor is already crippled by old age and prolonged mercury exposure, convinced that the world is about to end. Like a daguerreotype itself, his memories come in and out of view as he sets out to find the final images to photograph before Armageddon: a perfect apple, galloping horses, a beautiful nude. Historical confli...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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