Hammerklavier by Yasmina Reza

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Yasmina Reza is best known as the author of the immensely successful Tony award-winning play Art. Her latest work, Hammerklavier, is a bittersweet collection of autobiographical sketches that have love, loss, and the relentless passage of time as their themes. Convinced that one's deepest thoughts can be said simply, Reza does so with unequaled humor and perceptiveness. She contemplates evanescence and death in her young daughter's toothless smile, secretly mourning that it will inevitably change. In the title story, the sometimes adversarial but very loving relationship Reza shared with her father is examined in terms of their love of music.

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Yasmina Reza is a playwright and novelist whose plays have all been multi-award-winning critical and popular international successes, translated into more than thirty languages. Her plays include Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, Art, which was awarded a Tony in 1999, The Unexpected Man, and Life 33. She is also the author of a translation of The Metamorphosis; a novel, Hammerklavier; and a film, Lulu Kreutz's Picnic. She lives in Paris.
Published January 1, 2000 by George Braziller. 126 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Hammerklavier Yasmina Reza 114pp, Faber, £6.99 Yasmina Reza doesn't much care for theatregoers: "The odious new community of the informed, intelligent public" she calls them in her debut novel, Hammerklavier.

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At age five, her daughter, Alta, would put on rather enigmatic performances involving ""a plushy heap of soft toys,"" lots of silence and, occasionally, ""barely audible words, addressed to the blank walls."" Obliged to attend these shows, Reza's husband once whispered that they reminded him of t...

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Worse still, there was an air of Book At Bedtime about the whole affair – making Hammerklavier static, weary and, after all the plaudits, wholly disappointing.VENUE AND DETAILS:Until Aug 26, Assembly Rooms (V3), George Street, Edinburgh, 15:30 to 16:30, £10, £9 concs.

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