Homage to Czerny: Studies in Virtuoso Technique

German & Austrian Literature Series
Gert Jonke
Translated by Jean M. Snook

Gert Jonke’s prose ripples along like a piano étude, transcending its meticulously constructed sequences to transport the reader into an imaginary world. With a delightful combination of the ridiculous and the sublime, Jonke explores surreal dimensions of space and sound, always anchoring his flights of fancy in accessible imagery. More than any other author, Jonke, a pianist turned writer, avails himself of compositional techniques from classical music. Different characters sound their own themes in cleverly orchestrated conversations. Opening observations are restated at the end by another character instead of in another key. Not surprisingly, the first-person narrator is a composer, a young man who is all the more likeable for his difficulties: his missing girlfriend and his withdrawal symptoms. The title is taken from a collection of studies by Carl Czerny; the content is a literary tour de force.

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Translated by Jean M. Snook
Publication: German & Austrian Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 148
ISBN-13: 9781564785015
GTIN13: 9781564785015
Publication date: 10/8/2008
Language: eng
List price: $12.95