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The Virtuoso (Paperback)

Margriet de Moor

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-253-0
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Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke

"De Moor is a musician by training, and her prose is pierced with musical inflections An elegantly sexy bodice ripper is what ensues." Independent on Sunday

In Margriet de Moor's prizewinning novel a strange and extraordinary love story unfolds amid the carriages, churches, and shadowed harbors of eighteenth-century Naples. For one entire opera season, Carlotta, a Neapolitan duchess, sits in her candle-lit box captive to her passion for Gasparo, the tantalizing castrato with whom she has been smitten since their childhood together in a small Italian village. De Moor recreates the world of Italian music and Naples' fashionable aristocracy with a sensuality that takes the breath away.

First published in Holland, and since translated into thirteen languages, this unusual tale of song and sensuality has seduced readers around the world, taking them from the grand stage of Italian opera to the most intimate moments lovers share. A novel of sweeping gestures with delicate grace notes, The Virtuoso is a story of an exceptional place and an exceptional passion.

"Resplendent." The New York Times Book Review

"Dutch author Margriet de Moor's novel The Virtuoso is a vivid, bravura performance. The atmosphere of 18th-century operatic Naples receives a lush yet precise mezzotint rendering." The Boston Globe Book Review

"An intelligent, passionate, beautifully wrought object of pure pleasure." The News and Observer (Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina)

"A colorful, passionate story with many rapturous passages musing philosophically and poetically about love, beauty, and form." Publishers Weekly

Margriet de Moor lives in Amsterdam. She studied piano and singing at the Academy of Music in the Netherlands. Her first book, a collection of short stories, was an immediate success and she went on to win the Van der Hoogt Prize for three novellas. Her first full-length novel First Gray, Then White, Then Blue won the prestigious Ako Prize and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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