The Music: Stories
This brilliant sequence of short stories, first published in 1995, sees James Hamilton-Patterson serving up fables and fictions on creativity, tradition and loss, all of them linked by the love of music and underpinned by a musical theme. An escaped lunatic who thinks he is Schumann interrupts a quiet family picnic; a Croat refugee gifted at the guitar enters and unsettles a woman's life; and a Chinese master-teacher struggles with a pupil who would dare to modify a musical canon. "Written in a wide range of voices...(these tales) reveal an imagination as wide-ranging as it is dazzling. Astonishingly versatile ...extremely funny". (Christina Patterson, Independent). "Beautiful, eerie, witty, astute, dazzling". (Observer). "As perfect a collection of short stories as you're ever likely to come across". (Paul Sussman, Independent on Sunday).
Publication date: 2014
OPAC reference: KOHA-OAI-BCP:8168