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Book Title: Vienna Nocturne|
The author of the book: Vivien Shotwell
Edition: Ballantine Books
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Date of issue: February 25th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780345536372
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In late-eighteenth-century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile. Her life is forever changed. Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy’s greatest opera houses. Only sixteen, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame. Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follow.
Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself. There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer. They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge forms between the two, despite both being married to others.
As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis. During this trying time, her only light is Mozart: his energy, his determination in her, and his art. She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias—music that will live on as his masterworks.
Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman’s struggle to find love and fame in an eighteenth-century world that controls and limits her at every turn.
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Read information about the authorVivien Shotwell’s VIENNA NOCTURNE (Random House, 2014) has been praised by The Washington Post as “intoxicating,” and by Chatelaine as “an exquisite read.” Vivien received her Artist Diploma in opera from the Yale School of Music, and was awarded the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. She studied music and English at Williams College, in Massachusetts, and received an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Vivien writes and sings in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Vienna Nocturne will be translated into ten languages.
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