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Deep Purple

Mayra Montero


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For the distinguished critic Agustín Cabán, music is indispensable to sexual emotion. Forced to retire from his San Juan newspaper, Agustín is writing his memoirs, which describe his long career seducing the women and men who were among the most brilliant classical musicians in the world.The Australian pianist Clint Verret offered a passionate and tender interlude. Clarissa Berdsley, the French horn player, was submissive and playful. The flamboyant violinist Manuela Suggia turned out to be a vengeful and demonic lover.

In Deep Purple, Mayra Montero explores the relationship between sexual desire and music. For Agustín Cabán ultimately finds, in that deep and mysterious place that is the core of human sexuality, nothing less than the meaning of life.

Praise For Deep Purple

“Dreamlike intensity.”
-New York Times Book Review

“A short, succulent erotic novel ...a delectable treat from start to finish.”
-Publishers Weekly

“The best yet from Montero.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Lyric and lovely.”
-Dallas Morning News

“A dizzying work of art … Buried in its pages are the mysteries of human desire.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Montero may be one of the most under-recognized Latin American writers of our time.”
-Los Angeles Times

Harper Perennial, 9780060938215, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2004