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Mysterious Mozart Hardcover – June 28, 2010
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"Philippe Sollers is a mercurial personality and a leading controversial figure on the French literary scene, and his take on Mozart is fresh, lively, witty, and informed. What makes Mysterious Mozart especially interesting is its blend of music criticism, biography, and personal insight.”--David Hayman, translator and editor of Philippe Sollers's Writing and the Experience of Limits
About the Author
Philippe Sollers is a French biographer, editor, critic, and novelist whose work includes books on Dante, Willem De Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Giacomo Casanova. He is a cofounder of the avant-garde journal Tel Quel and the founder of L'Infini. Armine Kotin Mortimer is a professor of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of Writing Realism: Representations in French Fiction and a study of Sollers's Paradis.
Top Customer Reviews
Because Sollers makes no pretenses that this is either an exhaustive biography or an unbiased impersonal musical analysis, he is free to break the normal rules, and this gives him the freedom to go beyond where a biographer can, and to proffer deep insights, inferences, opinions, preferences and superlatives. To evoke Mozart in more vivid reality than mere scholars can.
I found the book very enjoyable, and wanted it never to end. I came away feeling I have an intimate, thorough understanding of Mozart as a person. This is invaluable.
Lastly, I'll mention that the book makes judicious, plentiful and wonderful use of perfectly chosen excerpts from Mozart's letters, and also some of the letters he received. This is glorious! By letting Mozart speak for himself, and by using penetrating insight into his words, and by incisive analysis of his music and operas, Sollers has given us the gift of seeing into Mozart's soul.