Infinity by Gabriel Josipovici
The Story of a Moment

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This is a comic novel, made all the funnier by Massimo's struggle to make sense of Pavone's passing life. But something closer to Josipovici's own heart is revealed too: the role art, all-encompassing art, should play in our lives.
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In the course of a single extensive interview, this novel recounts the colorful life of a wealthy, eccentric Italian composer through multiple layers of unreality. As Massimo recalls what his master, Tancredo Pavone, told him about his life, he often repeats Pavone’s outrageous opinions on everything from the current state of the world to the inner life of each musical note. Eventually, it becomes comically clear that not only does Pavone not always distinguish between memory and imagination, but also that Massimo does not always understand what it is he is repeating. A moving portrait of a close bond between two people from utterly different social spheres, this narrative is an insightful look into the world of a composer and the process of artistic creation.

 

About Gabriel Josipovici

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Gabriel Josipovici is a prolific and eminent novelist, literary theorist, critic, and scholar. He is currently research professor at the University of Sussex, where he taught in the School of European Studies for thirty-five years.
 
Published June 1, 2012 by Carcanet Press Ltd.. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lee Rourke on Sep 21 2012

This is a comic novel, made all the funnier by Massimo's struggle to make sense of Pavone's passing life. But something closer to Josipovici's own heart is revealed too: the role art, all-encompassing art, should play in our lives.

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