Beethoven's Assassins

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Simultaneously a touching human story, a meditation on art and science, and a primer on Beethoven’s life and work, Andrew Crumey’s ninth novel skilfully weaves history, music, erudition and humour in a page-turning mystery that will resonate in the reader’s mind long afterwards.

A lost opera and a dark conspiracy lie at the heart of this philosophical comedy which views Beethoven through the eyes of multiple characters across time, linked by strange events at a rambling country house. Nowadays a retreat for artists, scientists and researchers, the house was formerly an asylum with a clairvoyant inmate, and before that, a location for esoteric experiments. As labyrinthine as the architecture is a plot whose themes include Crusader legends and 1920s literary London, mesmerism and freemasonry, psychoanalysis and theosophy. Holding everything together is a present-day scholar whose pandemic disasters propel him into the byways of history and towards an untimely demise.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDedalus Books
Number of pages512
ISBN (Electronic)9781915568397
ISBN (Print)9781912868230
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2023

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