Dissonance: A novel

Dissonance: A novel

Stephen Orr

Dissonance starts with piano perform. Fifteen-year-old Erwin Hergert is pressured to take on scales and reviews for 6 hours an afternoon by way of his mom, Madge, who's made up our minds to provide Australia's first nice pianist. to aid Erwin concentration, Madge has exiled her husband, Johann, to the again shed. Jo is clinically determined with melanoma and Madge permits him again within, yet just for lengthy sufficient to die.

Madge takes Erwin to Hamburg to proceed his stories. Erwin flourishes in Germany along with his new instructor till he meets a neighbour, sixteen-year-old Luise, and unearths there is extra to existence than music.

in the meantime, Germany is relocating in the direction of struggle. past due Nineteen Thirties Hamburg types the backdrop to an more and more tricky love-triangle, as Erwin is torn among the piano, Luise, and the calls for of his love and devotion to his mom. quickly the bombs, actual and imagined, commence falling. Marriage and parenthood crumple to loss of life, and tragedy. earlier than lengthy Erwin and Madge are drawn into the horrors of a struggle that leaves little time for music.

Dissonance is a re-imagining of the 'Frankfurt years' of Rose and Percy Grainger. it is a novel approximately love in a single of its such a lot severe and damaging kinds, and the way humans try and live to tell the tale the specter of possession.

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