Canone Inverso: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1999 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Paolo Maurensig's first novel, The Lneberg Variation, was hailed worldwide as an immediate classic. Now Canone Inverso-the classic tale of the doppelgänger reimagined-has confirmed Maurensig's reputation as a modern master.

In an isolated Austrian music school in the 1930s, two boys, each struggling with the burden of talent and the curse of obsession, become locked in a complex friendship. The key to their bond lies in the secret of a beautiful, strangely carved violin. As their lives unfold through the most violent decades of this century, the two become companions, rivals, and, inevitably, lethal enemies. With Canone Inverso, Paolo Maurensig delivers a powerful metaphysical thriller, culminating in a devastating finale.

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User Review  - Melanielgarrett - LibraryThing

It was interesting to see the use of a musical structure for text, but ultimately I found it a bit too mesmeric for the middle hundred or so pages. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An alluring allegorical second novel, from the late-blooming Italian author of The Luneburg Variation (1997), employs three skillfully interconnected stories to tell a vivid cautionary tale about the ... Read full review

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Paolo Maurensig is the author of The Lneberg Variation (Owl Books, 0-8050-6028-6, $11.00). He has been a journalist, photographer, and, most recently, a restorer of antique musical instruments. He lives in Udine, Italy. Jenny McPhee is a translator, writer, and editor living in New York City.

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