The starting point of this novel is an event in the life of Sir Edward Elgar - a cruise to the Amazon that he took in 1923. In telling the story of that journey the author explores melancholy, the waning of creative genius, post-war disillusionment and the way in which England treats its artists.
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'Elgar emerges more vividly than any biography could make him - crusty, petulant, self-deprecating, egotistical, boyishly keen on 'japes', and grateful for the last secret promptings of a dwindling muse. An original and beautifully written debut' Sunday Times 'A novel which is unafraid of ideas and where the writing gives a constant reinforcement of pleasure' Sunday TelegraphAbout the Author:
James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Griefwork, among other books. His work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Italy and the Phillippines.
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Book Description Vintage, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009979120X