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Paperback 2018-06-19 240
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Hardcover 2018-06-19 $26.95 240
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The Melody

Cover art: The Melody

Published by Hamish Hamilton on 2018-06-19
FICTION / Fantasy, FICTION / Thrillers, FICTION / Literary

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, lost love, and the way barely whispered fears and desires push their way into the light.

Alfred Busi, famed and beloved in his town for his music and songs, is now in his sixties, mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days alone in the large villa he has always called home. The night before he is due to attend a ceremony at the town's avenue of fame, Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that the thing that attacked him was no animal, but a child, "innocent and wild," and his words fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town--and new controversy: the town's paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.
     As Busi's nephew's ambitious plans for himself and for the town develop he is able to fan the flames of rumour, and soon Busi and the town he loves will be altered irrevocably.
     The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel, too--a rallying cry to protect those we persecute. It is lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, a powerful future classic.
(Paperback, 2018-06-19)

ASIN: 073523521X
ISBN: 9780735235212
EAN: 9780735235212

A brutal parody of urban renewal and its casualties takes the guise of a domestic elegy.

A novelistic trickster (Harvest, 2013, etc.), Crace engages in some subversive sleight of hand here, introducing a story about a recent widower, a formerly acclaimed singer named Alfred Busi, known to all who still remember him as Mister Al, who “wonders if he’s running out of days” and, in the meantime, struggles to find some purpose or significance to fill them. Then comes the first attack, which ...

With devastating understatement, Crace offers a parable for a time in which empathy has given way to callousness and fear.

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