By Murray Bail
Frank Delage, a middle-aged Australian on the make, arrives in Vienna with the most daring of propositions. But when the sheer audacity of his campaign dawns on him, Delage beats a retreat to the southern hemisphere...
Frank Delage, a middle-aged Australian, arrives in Vienna with the most daring of propositions. He has invented a revolutionary piano and means to market it to the grand old world of classical music. A chance meeting with one Amalia von Schalla brings new possibilities - a soirée, an introduction to her daughter Elisabeth, dinner with an avant-garde composer.
But when the sheer audacity of his campaign dawns on him, he takes a slow boat home to the southern hemisphere. As it meanders through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal, he is afforded ample time to reflect on tensions between the old world and the new. And, for all his travails, he is not going home empty-handed...
Born in Adelaide in 1941, Murray Bail now lives in Sydney. His fiction, which includes Eucalyptus, Holden's Performance, Homesickness and The Drover's Wife and Other Stories, has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, winning a number of major awards.
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30 Jan 2014
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'This masterful concoction engages, excites and perturbs with singular virtuosity' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times. — Irish Times
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'We won't see a finer piece of fiction in the longest while' Peter Craven, Melbourne Age. — Melbourne Age
'Worthy of Henry James ... Deserves to be Booker nominated' Steve Barfield, The Lady. — Lady