Orfeo (Richard Powers)

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ISBN: 9780393349849
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

In his latest novel, ORFEO, National Book Award winner Powers has crafted a moving rumination on life, regret and the search for transcendence. An aging composer who hears music in everything forays into amateur biochemistry, attempting to encode a song in bacterial DNA. However, his experiments draw the attention of Homeland Security, and he suddenly finds himself on a fugitive quest into his own past. Sound ludicrous? Well, Powers pulls it off brilliantly. His prose is achingly beautiful. Extended descriptions of music--both real and imagined--are rendered in entrancing flights of language. And the story unfolds in a continuous succession of memorable characters and scenes, ultimately ending on a note of climatic emotional resonance that is at once breathtaking, heartbreaking and damn near perfect.

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