Sunday, December 20, 2009
Seven Touches of Music - Zoran Živković (translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)
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The Deal: At this point in time, due to an RSI, I can only type for 10 minutes at a time. What you see below is what is hammered out before the timer goes off- and nothing more.
Look at it. I mean, really, just look at it. One of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Elegant and understated, even the interior and edging is stunning.
This mosaic novel is woven of seven parts, each of the parts unrelated to its neighbours, with only music as a catalyst for the amazing being a similar vein. Music is the medium through which revelation is delivered, or triggered, or forced. Revelation wonderous, revelation horrific, revelation without context or meaning, but always a revelation pregnant with significance, meaning, a moment of enormity in what are otherwise the mundane lives of ordinary people.
Music is a strange beast. We can remember it, recall it, but the magic in music lives only while the music is playing. We can't summon that ourselves, not without music. When it leaves, we are ordinary again.
This is magnificently written, and I've a very strong bias towards mosaic novels, anything that plays with structure both mechanical and thematic.
Verdict: Oh, just wonderful.