Piano Cover


By Jean Echenoz; Mark Polizzotti (Translator)

New Press, Hardcover, 9781565848719, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2004


Max Delmarc, age fifty, is a famous concert pianist with two problems: the first is a paralyzing stage fright for which the second, alcohol, is the only treatment. In this unparalleled comedy from the Prix Goncourt-winning French novelist Jean Echenoz, we journey with Max, from the trials of his everyday life, through his untimely death, and on into the afterlife.

After a brief stay in purgatory--part luxury hotel, part minimum security prison, under the supervision of deceased celebrities--Max is cast into an alarmingly familiar partition of hell, "the urban zone," a dark and cloudy city much like his native Paris on an eternally bad day. Unable to play his beloved piano or stomach his needed drink, Max engages in a hapless struggle to piece his former life back together while searching in vain for the woman he once loved.

An acclaimed bestseller with 50,000 copies sold in France, "Piano" is a sly, sardonic evocation of Dante and Sartre for the present day, the playful, daring masterpiece of a novelist at the top of his form.

About the Author
Jean Echenoz est ne a Orange en 1947. Il a obtenu le prix Medicis en 1983 pour "Cherokee" et le prix Goncourt en 1999 pour "Je m en vais."

Toute son oeuvre est publiee aux Editions de Minuit. Pour Audiolib, il a lu "Courir", et "Des eclairs."

MARK POLIZZOTTI has translated more than forty books from the French, including Patrick Modiano's Suspended Sentences, and is director of the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.