Europe and classical music form the magical backdrop of Vikram Seth's eagerly awaited new novel. When an English quartet undertakes a challenging work of Beethoven's, violinist Michael Holme is overwhelmed by memories of mastering the piece as a student in Vienna. That's where he met Julia McNicholl, a pianist whose beauty was as mesmerizing as her musical genius, and Michael loved her with an intensity he never found again. Now, years later, a chance encounter reunites them, and their passion is reawakened. Although Julia is married and has a child, she agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael's quartet. But she carries with her a heartbreaking secret: she is gradually going deaf. Together, Michael and Julia must confront the truth about their love for one another and their love for the music that brought them together. Impassioned and poetic, An Equal Music is a deeply affecting love story that is destined to capture Seth's widest audience yet.
Seth, Vikram, 1952-
An equal music
New York :, Broadway Books,, c1999
380 p. ;,25 cm
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