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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 02/01/2014
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Captivating and hypnotic writing from a prize-winning novelist, whose prose is reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson's and Paul Harding's. New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident, and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next. In measured, evocative prose, Intermission takes a period from the life of one of America's great artists and fashions it into a fiction of extraordinary imaginative skill and ambition. The novel inhabits the lives of four people in orbit around a tragedy, presenting an intense and moving portrait of the burden of grief, and of a man lost to his family and to himself. It is also a conjuring of a pivotal moment in American music and culture, and a unique representation of the jazz scene in the early 1960s. Intermission is a novel of pure control and power, certain to establish Owen Martell as one of the most promising young writers in Britain today.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099558828
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 144 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An introspective, original novel...It is hard to write about figures of recent history in a way that feels authentic and true, but Bill Evans is drawn here in all his quirkiness and mutability...This novel stands as a well-written lament. It is a clear-eyed exploration of a jazz intermission, of the forced break in the chaos, and an apt tribute to a music so full of life that even a pause, a silence, can go down howling." -- Esi Edugyan * Guardian *
"This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling...A novel as oblique, elusive but quietly hypnotic as its hero's own playing." -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
"A sensitive depiction of an artist in mourning...A delicate and affecting work of fiction...[Martell] writes with elegant precision...Intermission is an impressive English-language debut, a deft and sensitive depiction of a family shadowed by loss." * Financial Times *
"The mood music conjured up is evocative, reflective and muted...Martell's wonderful portrait...is as vivid as it is sympathetic...Lingers in the mind like an elusive, mournful melody." * Daily Mail *
"Superb." * Irish Times *

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