Orfeo

By Richard Powers
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393240825, 369pp.)

Publication Date: January 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2014 Indie Next List
“Orfeo is the kind of novel that creeps slowly into a reader's consciousness and makes a home there. A beautiful, cerebral book that's as concerned with the past and how the decisions made by protagonist Peter Els shaped his personal philosophies and relationships and how music played a role in it all, as it is with the very real present and how Peter's hobbyist interest in DNA makes him an accidental bioterrorism threat. Orfeo is an intelligent and incredibly moving portrait of the role of art in both one man's life and society as a whole. Stunning!”
-- Lauren Wiser, Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO


Description
A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014' New York Times Bestseller Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize Longlisted for the National Book Award The National Book Award winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus."



NPR
Friday, Jan 17, 2014

Richard Powers' new novel tells the story of an avant-garde classical composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. He "gets obsessed with finding music inside of living things," Powers explains, and, as a fugitive, ends up leading officials on a low-speed chase. More at NPR.org

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