Playing piano, as all music, is not a mechanical action, it’s life at work. Our bodies, yes, just this body here, your body, is the greatest example of them all.
Rights sold: Austria, Italy
Year of publication: 2015
No. of pages: 186
About the Book
Gabrijel Goldman is, by name and by life, suspiciously similar to famous Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. We find him in a New York hospital following a mysterious event that causes him to develop a phobia of touch. Is it the fault of unrequited love, denial of loving touch, or the mechanical beat of player pianos, which threatens to take the soul out of music? The present in the hospital in entwined with the prologue about an eccentric Wunderkind turned obsessive genius. The book unfolds like pomegranate: a grain of bundesroman and philosophical novel, along with emotional and poetic love story, powerful descriptions of non-verbal art – music … and all of it connected with rich, playful language, reminiscent of linguistic masters such as Vladimir Nabokov.