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Longing

Landis, J.D.

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ISBN 10: 0151004536 / ISBN 13: 9780151004539
Published by Harcourt , Inc., New York, 2000
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Title: Longing

Publisher: Harcourt , Inc., New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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The Romantic era was the cradle for artists who lived life to the fullest and loved without restraint, and Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara, were the epitome of this unbounded period. Robert shocked and confused listeners with music that heralded the beginning of the modern era while he drove both his mind and his body to their limit. Clara was the most acclaimed female pianist of her time-a time that included Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and later, Brahms, whom Clara and Robert loved more than any other man. With characters of surpassing vitality, Longing delineates the most intimate details of the relationships between men and women with a surpassing precision, sympathy, and wisdom. Combining the dramatic historical narrative of The Alienist with the passionate sensitivity of Possession and the sensual intellectuality of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it is a consummate achievement of the novelist's art.

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"Richly conveys both the joy and the sorrow of [an] extraordinary love story . . . In a lush, sinuous style . . . Landis draws us into a world at once turbulent and dazzling."
--Los Angeles Times

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC TO SAVOR THIS EXQUISITE NOVEL. . . . LANDIS MAKES MUSIC SPEAK AND WORDS SING IN THIS WINNING OPUS."
--Glamour

"[A] PENETRATING FICTIONAL BIOGRAPHY . . . Landis tells us that [the Schumanns'] marriage was vivid, full of humor, vitality, and a great hunger for music. . . . Landis has seamlessly interwoven his text with ideas (about language and music, genius, imagination and the nature of human devotion) that are very much his own. . . . It is almost as if Landis himself were conducting a score, with the two characters his human instruments."
--The New York Times Book Review

"[LANDIS] BRINGS THESE FASCINATING GENIUSES TO VIVID LIFE. . . . It's hard to know what is more admirable, Mr. Landis's erudition or the liveliness of his imagination. . . . Part of the pleasure in reading the novel is seeing artists and writers such as Goethe, Chopin, Heine, Paganini, and Brahms inhabiting the Schumanns' world as men, not as names in a syllabus. . . . Landis's novel is pervaded with vitality."
--The Wall Street Journal

"[A] CAREFULLY RESEARCHED, WONDERFULLY ENJOYABLE, AND DELECTABLY OLD-FASHIONED BIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL that is as passionate and flamboyant as the main characters. . . . This evocative recreation of the Romantic era is not just a novel for music lovers but for lovers, plain and simple."
--Chicago Tribune

"J. D. Landis has produced a book as haunting and complex as the music of his subjects. . . . I know no book that marries art and life so seamlessly; 'If music be the food of love, here we have a feast.' "
--NICHOLAS DELBANCO
Author of The Lost Suitcase


"Charged with the drama of passion, unrecognized genius, madness, and early death."
--Newsday

"A magnificent novel--brilliant, stylish, passionate, and rich with wit and wisdom. J. D. Landis knows these complex people, artists and scoundrels alike, by heart; and he summons up the world they lived in with firm authority and authenticity. Longing is a triumph of imagination and intelligence."
--GEORGE GARRETT
Author of The King of Babylon Shall Not Come Against You


"Witty, precise, rich in historical detail . . . No couple better sums up the brilliance and intensity of the Romantic Age than Robert and Clara Schumann. . . . Landis has a wonderful capacity for writing dialogue that sounds as if it's coming off the top of the characters' heads."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The themes of music, desire, and melancholy dominate this compelling novel . . . A nuanced examination of lives marked by tenderness, lost innocence, and longing."
--Library Journal

"Glorious fiction . . . Finely crafted . . . [A] riveting tale of romantic longing . . . Rather than strive for literary or stylistic effect, Landis relies on the truths of Schumann and Wieck's passion, writing with earnestness, playfulness, and fervor characteristic of the era he chronicles. Expansive and engrossing, this is historical fiction at its best, true to its subjects and steeped in the past."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A gripping real-life story full of love, music, madness, and intrigue. Brought to life through a fictive lens, this tale is utterly realistic in its history and wonderful in its sentiment."
--Booklist

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