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The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher
  

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Three narrative strands, three impressive recreations of 4th century Rome, 1920’s Germany and London in the 80s. It is an epic ‘blockbuster’ of a book, eccentric, powerful, challenging, full of secrets, hostility, passion and love; huge in scope, impossible to summarise, a masterpiece, a wonderful, impressive work. Highly recommended. It’s about persecution and belief. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher

The most ambitious and daring novel novel yet from Booker Prize-shortlisted Philip Hensher. 'A novel that's almost fizzy to the touch ...A performance of extraordinary flair and majesty from a writer who seems capable of anything' Guardian 'The Emperor Waltz' is a single novel with three narrative strands: fourth-century Rome, 1920s Germany, and 1980s London. In each place, a small coterie is closely connected and separated from the larger world. In each story, the larger world regards the small coterie and its passionately-held beliefs and secrets with suspicion and hostility. It is the story of eccentricity, its struggle, its triumph, its influence - but also its defeat.

Reviews

'A novel that is always a joy to read ... Read it and allow yourself to become a better person'
Independent

'Important ... Glorious ... He might have the iconoclastic temperament of a Kandinsky, but he is an old master when he glimpses the cat asleep under the table or the curve of a woman's neck'
The Times

'A glittering performance ... The Emperor Waltz has the depth and pleasurable density of a 19th-century fiction; I loved it'
Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

'Splendidly thought out and extraordinarily readable'
A S Byatt, Guardian

'A generous, courageous firework of a novel - a Roman candle, alive and fizzing in the hand'
New Statesman

'A book as joyful as its musical source ... The Emperor Waltz is a beautiful book, both profound and funny. It is a powerful invocation to live a life of joy, surrounded by true friends'
Telegraph

About the Author

Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher's novels include Kitchen Venom, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, Other Lulus and The Mulberry Empire, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the WH Smith 'People's Choice' Award and highlighted by no fewer than twelve reviewers as their 'book of the year'. Chosen by Granta to appear on their prestigious, once-a-decade list of the twenty best young British novelists, Philip Hensher is also a columnist for the Independent and chief book reviewer for the Spectator. His most recent novel, The Northern Clemency was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008. He lives in South London.

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Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Philip Hensher

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
624 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007459599

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