Clara by Janice Galloway
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With "humanism, generosity, and a passionate, beating heart" "(The Times," London), Janice Galloway's "Clara" reignites, from between the lines of history, the great love of Robert and Clara Schumann. In her lifetime, Clara was a celebrated concert pianist and composer, editor and teacher, friend of Brahms -- as well as mother of the eight Schumann children and caretaker of her husband through a series of crippling mental illnesses. In its luminous integrity the novel brings Clara Schumann to life as a woman of genius.Galloway is at once a meticulous researcher of her subjects' remarkable and highly dramatic artistic careers and a virtuoso storyteller whose imagination and empathy lead her to that place off limits to history and biography -- inside the human mind. Distilling the memories, poetry, and musical notes therein, she examines the ways artists divine patterns out of life's chaos. "Passion," writes Galloway of Clara's performance philosophy, "one might take for granted -- its control is the mechanism through which all else flows." Though music may have bent to Clara's will, love served her far more tragically. Dismissing the cliches of Great Art and rejecting the romantic conflation of Madness and Creativity, "Clara" boldly ventures that in a life marred by alienation and isolation, "Work alone endures."

About Janice Galloway

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Janice Galloway's books include the novels The Trick Is to Keep Breathing, which won the 1990 MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year Award, and Foreign Parts, which won the 1994 McVitie's Prize. In 1994 she also won the E. M. Forster Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Glasgow.
Published February 11, 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wasn’t Robert an artist, a Great Man?—Robert gradually loses his grip on reality, making it essential that Clara continue her dogged performances from Russia to England in order to keep their bloated household of seven children running.

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Renowned in her own lifetime as a brilliant pianist, Clara Wieck Schumann is today less well known than her famous composer husband, Robert Schumann.

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