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Appassionata (Paperback)

Author:  Eva Hoffman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1590514572
ISBN-13: 9781590514573
Sku: 217059211
Publish Date: 5/3/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  265
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From the Publisher:
Selected as one of’s 20 Tantalizing Beach Reads
Selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Isabel Merton is a renowned concert pianist, whose performances are marked by a rare responsiveness to the complexities of her art, and its intensities of feeling. At the height of her career, she feels increasingly torn between the compelling musical realm she deeply inhabits, and her fragmented itinerant artist’s life, with its frequent flights, anonymous hotels, and brief, arbitrary encounters. Away from her New York home on a European tour, Isabel meets a political exile from a war-torn country, a man driven by a rankling sense of injustice and a powerful desire to vindicate his cause and avenge his people. As their paths cross in several cities, they are drawn to each other both by their differences and their seemingly parallel passions–until a menacing incident throws her into a creative crisis, and forces her to reevaluate his actions, and her own motives. In this story of contemporary love and conflict, Hoffman illuminates the currents and undercurrents of our time, as she explores the luminous and dark faces of romanticism, and those perennial human yearnings, frustrations, and moral choices that can lead to destructiveness, or the richest art. 

From the Hardcover edition.
Isabel Merton, an American concert pianist on tour in Europe, is beginning to feel that the intense pleasure she gets from playing music is increasingly overshadowed by the drudgery and complication of constantly living on the road. Isabel has a memorable encounter with Anzor Islikhanov, a Chechnyan who claims to be in exile, and he begins to appear regularly at her tour stops. As they begin a love affair, Isabel soon discovers that their shared passion may not be enough to overcome Anzor's ardent connections to his homeland.


"Hoffman's prose is reliably gorgeous, and...the narrative lends itself nicely to sharp commentary and observations on politics, power, and the role of the United States in a changing world..." (starred review) 03/09/2009

"Eva Hoffman's eloquent...novel...[presents] a nuanced portrait of a musician deeply engaged in the complexities of her art....APPASSIONATA may grapple with intense political conflict, but it also makes a more subtle argument: that a woman can fully make herself into a brilliant musician only when she learns to transform tragedy into art." - Sylvia Brownrigg 06/28/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0265
Product attributePublisher:   Other Press (NY)
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