Piano

Piano Review

Max Delmarc, age fifty, is a famous concert pianist with two problems: the first is a paralyzing stage fright for which the second, alcohol, is the only treatment. In this unparalleled comedy from the Prix Goncourt–winning French novelist Jean Echenoz, we journey with Max, from the trials of his everyday life, through his untimely death, and on into the afterlife.

After a brief stay in purgatory—part luxury hotel, part minimum security prison, under the supervision of deceased celebrities—Max is cast into an alarmingly familiar partition of hell, “the urban zone,” a dark and cloudy city much like his native Paris on an eternally bad day. Unable to play his beloved piano or stomach his needed drink, Max engages in a hapless struggle to piece his former life back together while searching in vain for the woman he once loved.

An acclaimed bestseller with 50,000 copies sold in France, Piano is a sly, sardonic evocation of Dante and Sartre for the present day, the playful, daring masterpiece of a novelist at the top of his form.


Title:Piano
Edition Language:English

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  • Radioread

    İlahi Komedya'nın ışıksız ortamda olgunlaşmış meyveleriyle özel bir başlangıç yapıp Saunders'in Arafta'sıyla bir tür füzyon mutfağı deneyimi yaşayanlar için hafif ve leziz bir tat...

  • Eileen

    Sometimes Jean Echenoz's books can be a little hard to dedicate yourself to. There are times when it seems like the story isn't ever going to end up anywhere and that no hidden meaning will ever be un...

  • Melanie

    Echenoz is een Franse schrijver die me aangeraden werd door een Spaanse vriendin. Aan de piano gaat over een concertpianist die podiumvrees heeft en alcoholist is. Van in het begin weet je dat Max bin...

  • Darryl

    Piano is a quirky but humorous short novel about a renowned concert pianist, beset by alcoholism and stage fright, who dies suddenly at the height of his career. He finds himself in a purgatory that r...

  • Hakan T

    Echenoz'dan ilginç bir roman daha. Bu arada hemen belirteyim, çevirisi şu an piyasada yok, bir sahaftan Sarışın Bombalar ile birlikte online almıştım bu kitabı. Bu sefer metafizik sulara yel...

  • Hannah

    With typical French humor Echenoz describes how someone can, through a number of circumstances, end up in hell - which turns out to be modern day Paris, where our main character Max Delmarc has lived ...

  • Ynneb

    Geen boek om te lezen, maar om te savoureren ! Geen woord, geen letter te veel, maar ook niet te weinig. Mystiek, doorleefd , Echenoz eigen. Achter iedere zin zit een dubbele bodem, maar toch blijft h...

  • Anglique Moreau

    I picked up this book after having read 14. I hope to find again the stylistic minimalism I thought was characteristic of Echenoz (I haven't read any other book he has written), but no, it is an altog...

  • Roberto

    È la storia di Max Delmarc, un pianista di successo che, però, non conosce la vita eccitante che la maggior parte di noi immaginerebbe. Il pianoforte per lui è una bestia indomabile dai denti d’a...

  • Kris McCracken

    A contemporary French novel that is at once suave, droll and dry. It isn’t a spoiler to say that we learn that our central character is going to die a violent death in twenty-two days (it’s mentio...