Essais & Romans Jean Echenoz Piano

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Max Delmarc, a middle-aged, internationally famous pianist, suffers from debilitating stage fright, for which alcohol is the only remedy. He lives a monotonous life, drinking and playing the piano at concerts, until the night when on the way home he is mugged and stabbed. In the course of a brief stay in a hotel that might be a hospital - in which his nurses bear an uncanny resemblance to Dean Martin and Peggy Lee - or might be a purgatory, Max explores the forbidden "rural zone" before being sent to the "urban zone". There are only three basic rules in the urban zone. First, it is forbidden to contact people you knew in life, forbidden to make yourself recognized...The second is that you also have to change your identity...The third rule is that it is forbidden to resume any professional practice related to the one you used to have. Defying the rules, Max engages in a hapless struggle to retrieve pieces of his former life, and although followed by watchers from Purgatory he feels livelier than he did when he was alive. Piano can be read as a metaphor of life and death, heaven, hell. The question is: Which is which?

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Jean Echenoz was born in Provence in 1947. He is one of the most influential French writers of his generation. He won, in 1999, the Prix Goncourt for his novel I'm Off.

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Goncourt-winner Echenoz offers a cheeky take on the dubious pleasures of the afterlife in this slim, sly novel, which tracks the adventures of a musician after he dies. Max Delmarc is a talented Paris concert pianist burdened by a terrible case of stage fright, unrequited love for a vanished woman named Rose and a weakness for the bottle. On the way home from a benefit concert, Delmarc is mugged and stabbed; he wakes in an afterlife "Orientation Center," part hospital, part hotel, part jail. In his weeklong stay, he gets plastic surgery to repair his stab wound; enjoys a romantic interlude with Doris Day, a nurse at the facility; and is then assigned to "the urban zone"â€""I mean, to Paris, you understand," he's told. There's a brief side trip to South America, but soon Delmarc is back in the City of Lights, under orders not to contact anyone from his former life or play music. Delmarc quickly violates both rules by leaving his job as a hotel bartender to take a position as a lounge pianist in a more upscale hotel and by embarking on a search for Rose, whom he saw as the love of his life despite his inability to connect with her. Echenoz's satiric style makes the somewhat limited afterlife concept work, and he includes some surprisingly effective plot twists. The result is a quirky, slight novel that offers an original take on human potential and folly.
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