LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His amateur science lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in the most surprising places - has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an internet-fuelled hysteria erupts, Els - the 'Bioterrorist Bach' - pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Together, they hatch a plan to turn this disastrous collision with state security into a work that will reawaken a nationwide audience to the glorious sounds and symphonies that lie hidden all around them.
'Sweet, funny, sad and haunting... A formidably intelligent, ecstatically noisy novel' Guardian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Orfeo finds acclaimed novelist Richard Powers—a cellist who studied physics at university—combining two of his major interests: music and science. Inspired by the real-life case of an artist suspected of bioterrorism, Orfeo is the story of Peter Els, a 70-year-old avant-garde composer who runs from the authorities when they discover his home laboratory and prized 16th-century print of Arabic music. Expertly splicing the novel into two equally riveting narrative threads—Els as he flees and Els in his idealistic past—Powers crafts a novel that’s simultaneously sophisticated and entertaining, with writing both heady and heartfelt.
Customer ReviewsSee All
For music lovers only
I kept reading in the hope that something would happen or the the music thing would ease up... if you like it 20 pages in then enjoy it, otherwise save yourself a few hours