Ravel: A Novel

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New Press, 2007 - Fiction - 126 pages
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A bestseller in France, Ravel is a beguiling and original evocation of the last ten years in the life of the musical genius Ravel, written by the novelist Jean Echenoz. The book opens in 1927 as Maurice Ravel - dandy, eccentric, and curmudgeon - voyages across the Atlantic aboard the luxurious ocean liner The France to begin his triumphant grand tour across the United States. Ravel travels across America, playing in grand concert halls from Boston to Chicago to California, meeting luminaries of the day including Stravinsky, Mahler, Bartok, Toscanini, Gershwin, and even Charlie Chaplin.
Echenoz captures the folly of the era as well as its genius, concentrating both on Ravel's personal life - sartorially and socially splendid - and on his most successful compositions from 1927 to 1937. Illuminated by flashes of Echenoz's characteristically sly humor, Ravel is not just a quirky portrait of a famous musician coping with the ups and downs of his illustrious career but also a farewell to a dignified and lonely man going reluctantly into the night.

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Review: Ravel

User Review  - Eugene - Goodreads

Very moving. And this without sentimentality. Once upon a time I was put off by the distant voice, which made me think Echenoz a cold fish. Now, after this and his Cherokee, he's become a favorite ... Read full review

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User Review  - Philippe Malzieu - Goodreads

The image that I had of this book, it is the vision of Ravel in his too large coat like Dopey the dwarf at the wheel of his enormous Renault truck. It is always well to read again the books because ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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About the author (2007)

Jean Echenoz is the author of four other novels: "Le Meridien de Greenwich," "Lac" (winner of the European Literature Prize), and "Nous trois," "Cherokee" is also available as a Bison Book. Mr. Echenoz lives in Paris. Mark Polizzotti, a veteran translator of Andre Breton and Rene Daumal as well as Jean Echenoz, is the author of "Revolution of the Mind, forthcoming,

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.

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