Deep Purple by Mayra Montero
A Novel

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Deep Purple is a provocative, mischievously humorous new novel from Cuban writer Mayra Montero, author of the highly acclaimed The Red of His Shadow, among other novels, all translated by Edith Grossman.

Distinguished music critic Agustín Cabán has written for a San Juan newspaper all his life. Forced to retire, he continues to haunt its offices, encouraged by his former editor. Agustín is writing his memoirs, and his editor can't wait to read each passionate and titillating installment.

For Agustín, music is indispensable to sexual emotion. In the course of a long career, he seduced the women and men who were among the most brilliant classical musicians in the world. These erotic encounters were shaped by the musical instrument as well as by the performer who had mastered it. The Australian pianist Clint Verret, with whom Agustín spent three days in the Brown Palace in Denver, offered a passionate and tender interlude. Clarissa Berdsley, the French horn player, was submissive and playful. The flamboyant violinist Manuela Suggia turned out to be a vengeful and demonic lover.

Through the adventures of her unusual protagonist, Mayra Montero explores the relationship between exual desire and music. Agustín Cabán ultimately finds in that deep and mysterious place that is the core of human sexuality nothing less than the meaning of life.


About Mayra Montero

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Mayra Montero was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952, but has lived in Puerto Rico since the mid 1960s. She studied journalism in Mexico and Puerto Rico and worked for many years as a correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean. She is presently a highly acclaimed journalist in Puerto Rico and writes a weekly column in El Nuevo Dia newspaper. Montero's first book was a collection of short stories, Twenty-Three and a Turtle. Her second book, a novel titled The Braid of the Beautiful Moon, was a finalist for the Herralde awards, one of Europe's most prestigious literary awards. Each of her subsequent books -- The Last Night I Spent With You, The Red of His Shadow, In the Palm of Darkness, and The Messenger -- has been published in the United States in translations by Edith Grossman, as well as in several European countries. Her other nonfiction work appears frequently in scholarly and literary publications throughout the world.
Published June 1, 2003 by Ecco. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Montero (The Red of His Shadow, etc.) shows considerable creativity in sustaining her one-note conceit, and she paints an appealing portrait of Cabán as a wryly erudite gigolo who uses music in a variety of innovative ways as a vehicle for seduction.

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