The book follows a renowned pianist who arrives in a Central European city to give a concert. However, his time there becomes increasingly surreal and disjointed as he is pulled in different directions by the demands of the locals, his own past, and his responsibilities. The narrative explores themes of memory, time, and self-delusion, creating a dream-like atmosphere that blurs the lines between reality and illusion.
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- 3rd on Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 (The Observer)
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- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)