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Infinity : the story of a moment (2012)

by Gabriel Josipovici

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In his latest novel, Infinity: The Story of a Moment, Josipovici explores this premise again, this time through the words of a wealthy Sicilian nobleman and avant-garde composer, Tancredo Pavone, whose life is retold through an interview with his former manservant, Massimo. Josipovici has "loosely based" the fictional Pavone on the real-life Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, incorporating fragments from Scelsi's "own writings" into the structure of Massimo's interview. Such trickery makes for an often outlandish and unsettling reading experience, as if the rug will be pulled from under us at any moment.
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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.… (more)

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