Brother of Sleep by Robert Schneider

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Could the greatest musician of all time live his life in a remote peasant village and never be discovered by the world? Set against the backdrop of an Alpine village in the nineteenth century, this astounding novel tells the story of Elias Johannes Alder, a musical genius with supernatural hearing who develops his talent in secret midnight sessions at the church organ. A spiritual descendant of Patrick Su¨skind’s Perfume and translated into twenty-four languages, Brother of Sleep moves inexorably toward tragedy as Elias is undone by his intense feeling for Elsbeth, the woman he loves. In this shocking and beguiling novel, Robert Schneider has created a world that is utterly seductive and wholly original.


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Schneider holds a B.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins University (1974), where he studied comparative literature and languages. His M.A. degree is from Columbia University (1975), where he studied the cultural history of modern Europe.
Published September 1, 1996 by Overlook. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But all is too late for Elias, thwarted victim of a ``doltish peasant world of which he had never wished to be a part.'' He's lived through fires, murders, perversities, inbreedings, and brutalities of extraordinary sorts, but his love for Elspeth is unsurvivable, and he chooses death instead--a ...

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After the organist from a nearby city's cathedral overhears him, Elias travels to Feldberg for its organ festival, where he transports his ``terrified audience'' with inspired playing that turns into the pure ``voice of death.'' Personal demons, unrequited love and the lack of a clear channel for...

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