The Fourth Canvas

In the early 1970s a reclusive artist and philosopher disappears in Paris after completing a fantastic series of canvases that trace the rise and fall of empires. Eventually his bloated body is dragged from the Seine. The knowledge and insight die with him. Years later, Claude Chiragi, a graduate student in Montreal receives a mysterious painting and senses the relevance of the theory embedded in the artwork. His curiosity is instantly aroused, and he launches a global search for clues that will help him understand the message and unravel the mystery of the artist’s fate. Embedded in the paintings are tell-tale historical clues, mysteriously coded, that predict imperial entropy in the future–from economic collapse and cultural decadence to a coup d’etat against civil society. Kidnappings, killings, undercover conspiracy and a trek into ancestral roots, lend to this novel its quality of intellectual mystery and gripping suspense.

The Fourth Canvas is an intellectual thriller, an ambitious novel of ideas full of juicy characters. Rana Bose tackles the enigma at the heart of all great thinkers and doers.”
— Marianne Ackerman

“Using six degrees of separation and a mysterious artist’s fourth canvas, author Rana Bose builds one great story!”
Desi Life

“With complex characters, a wide-spanning time period, and historical fact mixed with brilliant fiction, The Fourth Canvas will leave you asking, ‘When is the next Bose book ready?'”
carp(e) libris


Publication Date: 2008

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-47-7
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
200 pages

Photo of Rana Bose

Rana Bose’s first novel, Recovering Rude was published by Vehicule Press in 2000 to critical acclaim. He was a well-known playwright in Canada and has had ten of his plays published by Seagull, Prestige, and The Canadian Theatre Review. All of these plays have been performed in Canada, US, and India and perhaps elsewhere. He was an engineer, mentor, consultant, performance poet, and playwright. He was also one of the editors of the webzine Montreal Serai.