piano by Jean Echenoz translated by Mark Polizzotti



piano jean echenoz

notes – 

This writer won prix Goncourt with an earlier book ,he is the son of a psychiatrist and currently lives in paris . 

the book – 

the book follows Max Delmarc a talented but bored pianist in paris he is sheperded  in the start of the book by his minder Bernie who makes sure he doesn’t drink and trains loads on the piano a love figure in rose but nothing is happening with that .but he has only 22 days to live and is killed in a violent attack pn the twenty-second day ,he awakes in a surreal place ,a short of in-between stage where his future is to be decide ,he meets Christian Beilard who is assigned to watch him and help him either change his ways or die . he ends up back in Paris with a new face and life style . 

my view – 

This book is one of the strangest books i ve read in years it starts of as a typical french novel about a man stuck in the rat race so to speak ,then changes  in to a freudian story of what is right and wrong ,at times in the second third it reminded me of the tv series prisoner the place max awakes is like the village every one with their place ,brilliantly surreal  and quirky this guy is a true one-off 


an interview with the writer 

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nymeth
    Apr 17, 2010 @ 21:12:23

    Well, this certainly sounds strange. I wonder if it’s the kind of strange I get on with. Only one way to find out I suppose 😛


  2. Tricia
    Apr 18, 2010 @ 00:34:57

    I’m intrigued!


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April 2010


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