Voices in a Mask: Stories - Triquarterly Books (Paperback)
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Voices in a Mask: Stories - Triquarterly Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 210 Pages / Published: 30/10/2008
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When a singer places her voice in the part of the face just behind the nose and eyes - the mask - her voice is at its clearest and most natural. But there are also masks that obscure and distort a person's intentions or features, making a singer's instrument of identity a tool of deception. Turning on images of disguise in literature, theater, and opera, this short-story collection explores themes of identity and subterfuge in a series of fictional fugues that range from comic to poignant.Green weaves librettos and scores together with authentic biographies of singers and composers, contemporary settings, and imaginative twists. Throughout, themes of concealment - a common element in opera - are at the forefront as characters obscure or reveal themselves, using false means to say true things and using the truth to speak to the power of art. Touching on Don Giovanni, Tosca, Rigoletto, and more, these bright stories illuminate literature and life - and the deceptions in both - with brio.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810152090
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"Geoffrey Green's "Voices in a Mask" is an operatic "tour de force" of a 'novel' involving (among other things) grand opera--a subject on which the author is impressively and entertainingly knowledgeable."--John Barth


"This is a wonderful book... The combination of artistic skill and critical acumen involved is astonishing, and the historical research involved is seriously done and superbly deployed in a creative manner." --Robert Scholes, Brown University


"This is a wonderful book... The combination of artistic skill and critical acumen involved is astonishing, and the historical research involved is seriously done and superbly deployed in a creative manner." --Robert Scholes, Brown University


"Geoffrey Green's Voices in a Mask is an operatic tour de force of a 'novel' involving (among other things) grand opera--a subject on which the author is impressively and entertainingly knowledgeable."--John Barth

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