Orfeo (Paperback)
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Orfeo (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 31/07/2014
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014
LONGLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE 2014
LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2015

Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to extract music from rich patterns beyond the ear's ability to hear - has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over.

But alarm turns to national hysteria, as the government promises a panicked nation that the 'Bioterrorist Bach' will be found and brought to trial. As Els feels the noose around him tighten, he embarks on a cross-country trip to visit, one last time, the people in his past who have most shaped his failed musical journey. And through the help of these people - his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime artistic collaborator - Els comes up with a plan to turn this disastrous collision with national security into one last, resonant, calamitous artwork that might reach an audience beyond his wildest dreams.

Acclaim for Richard Powers:

'Nothing less than brilliant' -- John Updike

'If Powers were an American writer of the nineteenth century he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby-Dick. His picture is that big.' -- Margaret Atwood

'Richard Powers is the most intellectually stimulating novelist at work in the English language today... Sentence after sentence has the razor-sharp quality of aphorism about the weird wired world we have made' --Daily Telegraph

'There is no other contemporary American writer quite like Richard Powers' -- Guardian

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782391647
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 291 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A magnificent and moving novel * Los Angeles Times *
Powers is prodigiously talented. Besides being fearfully erudite, he writes lyrical prose, has a seductive sense of wonder and is an acute observer of social life... I [picked] it up eagerly each day and [found] myself moist-eyed when I came to its last pages * New York Times *
Extraordinary... His evocations of music, let alone lost love, simply soar off the page... Once again, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our finest novelists * Newsday *
Powers proves, once again, that he's a master of the novel with Orfeo, an engrossing and expansive read that is just as much a profile of a creative, obsessive man as it is an escape narrative * Esquire *
A first-class American road novel... Orfeo is about one about a man on the lam remembering where he's come from and how, incredibly, he's arrived - and us with him - at today's here and now * Slate *

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