Year of the Unicorn

By Carmelo Arnoldin


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Year of the Unicorn blends art and cultural history
with a very particular type of obsessive romance.

Year of the Unicorn moves between Canada and France, where Vittorio, a successful artist in his fifties, seeks inspiration in the country’s extraordinary art and culture—and release from a paralyzing obsession with the enigmatic Farah, a married woman.

In Paris, Vittorio yearns for Farah as he struggles to accept her idealization of platonic love as a superior emotion and the only kind she will accept.

At the famous Musée de Cluny, Vittorio recognizes his own longing in the bedazzled gaze of the unicorn depicted in a series of tapestries entitled The Lady and the Unicorn, and returns to Canada determined to confront his own Lady, to bare his soul and insist she make a decision.


About the Author

Carmelo Arnoldin, born and raised in rural Italy, immigrated to Canada in 1960. He has is first solo exhibition as a visual artist in 1984, in Toronto and has since shown his work across Canada, the United States and in Italy.

Over the past thirty years, Arnoldin has laboured on an epic project called Mille, an architectural monument to mark the end of the last millennium and the beginning of the new. Mille, an archetypal home, is an expression of the raw interaction between Arnoldin and his adopted country, Canada.

Carmelo Arnoldin currently lives in Toronto, Canada. He is working on his second novel.


ISBN 978-1-987936-77-3