An Equal Music, Vikram Seth

The author of the international bestseller A Suitable Boy returns with a powerful and deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians. Michael Holme is a successful violinist, part of the famous Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the beautiful pianist he loved ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Then one day Julia comes back into his life: married now, with a small child and a devastating secret.

The romance flares up once more, as Julia agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael and the Quartet. Against the magical backdrop of concert halls and canals, Michael and Julia confront the truth about themselves, their love, and the music that both unites and divides them. A tour de force of romance and a superb picture of the international music scene, An Equal Music confirms Vikram Seth as one of the world's finest and most enticing writers.

Praise for An Equal Music:

"An Equal Music is that most delicate of creatures: a narrative with, at its core, the passion of an art form that lives outside language. Seth's enterprise is to lure into words a musician's experience: in the hearing, in the playing, in the interweaving of music, love and life...Seth succeeds in the rare and beautiful achievement of articulating musical experience...An Equal Music is, in its true marriage of music and words and in its last, extraordinary third, notable and new: it does what a fugue--especially a quick one--should do: take flight." -- Claire Messud, The Times (London)

"A beautifully written novel of music, romance, and the endless search for transcendent passion....A joy to read." -- Baltimore Sun

"Seth depicts, with Canaletto-like skill, the shimmering air and light of Venice at dawn, even as he neatly reproduces the loving tensions of the Maggiore [Quartet]." -- Washington Post

"A gift for any reader and a must-read for music lovers and musicians." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Vikram Seth's accomplishment in bringing not only these characters so fully to life, but the rich ambience of the music as well--so difficult to render in words--is something of a miracle." --  Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

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