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The Kreutzer Sonata: A Novel

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Summary

A “fascinating novel” of music, passion, and psychological suspense that’s “a thrilling reading experience” (The Seattle Times).
 
“Music, they say, has charms to soothe the savage breast; but what happens when just the opposite is true? Can music’s intensity incite acts of betrayal or even murder? Such is the conundrum faced by internationally renowned music critic Marius van Vlooten, a blind man whose arrogance and anger undermine his ability to love and be loved. A passionate affair leads to a hasty marriage after Marius attends violinist Susanna Flier’s performance of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, an equally passionate composition inspired by a jealous lover’s anguish. Life begins to imitate art when Marius suspects Susanna of infidelity, and in a series of chance encounters with the story’s unidentified narrator, Marius serves up the harrowing secrets of his tempestuous marriage. Revealing a startling portrait of a damaged and doomed relationship, de Moor’s compact yet powerfully constructed novel limns the depths of desire and doubt with intense precision.” —Booklist
 
A contemporary take on a classic Tolstoy novella, The Kreutzer Sonata is “suspenseful . . . An involving, passionate tale”(Publishers Weekly).
 
“The rare literary novelist whose books are fun to read.” —The New York Times

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