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Scarabocchio receives a brilliant and thoughtful review in Sein und Werden.


A Quantum Fugue of the Lilies: Exploring the Depths of Scarabocchio

Review by V. Ulea in Sein und Werden

Scarabocchio is a remarkable work by a remarkable writer. This masterful, stunningly imaginative, polyphonic piece is a harmonious unity of thought, imagery, and a unique technique.  It's a quantum fugue of shocking philosophies, odd lives and wild experiences woven into historical times, artistic movements, and personal fates. Its richness is inexhaustible, its depths are bottomless. This is a living universe of manmade forms, flourishing and metamorphosing - a genuinely Goethean synthesis of art and nature. One who ventures to embark on the journey along the "mythopoëic sea" should remember that "there is no road back through the woods from knowledge to original innocence". It's a non-Euclidean reading that requires non-Euclidean thinking. As Goethe once said to Eckermann, who expressed his admiration with Wilhelm Meister, "My dear young friend … I will confide to you something which may help you a great deal. My works … are not written for the multitude, but only for individuals who desire something congenial, and whose aims are like my own."


What People Are Saying

 

'Wildly out of control.' - the Financial Times

'A glittering heap of rubble.' - The New Statesman

'Andreacchi might have been better off trying something simpler...' - Publisher's Weekly                                       

'My dear little Sis!' - Lord B, Venice, Italy

'The last of the Mohicans.' - Anon.

'Žgečkljiva literatura'  (more from Slovenia below)


Reviews for Grace Andreacchi’s 'Music for Glass Orchestra'

'The great success of this novel is not so much the characters but the wild, often beautifully surreal, linguistic music that orchestrates our narrator’s telling of their lives.…The amazing sonority of Grace Andreacchi’s prose… Music for Glass Orchestra is in some ways about the vitrifications of our minds, how these glass harmonicas should be played, should perhaps be shattered and used to cut ourselves open again.'

      - Review of Contemporary Fiction

 

'Communing with the spirit of Peter Abelard in the Père Lachaise cemetery, our heroine meets a boy from Kansas who has come to worship at the tomb of Jim Morrison, and takes him home.  A fragmentary message on her door summons her to Venice to dine with a count who might be Dracula; musing, she recalls how Gustav Mahler once appeared to her in a New Hampshire supermarket … her melancholy lover gets lost on the Métro and is menaced by wolves and men in green turbans … Andreacchi’s kaleidoscope of jagged emotions, sexuality and schizophrenia blends the American Dream and old Europe in a surreal story in which her wit consistently entertains.'

      - The Sunday Times

 

'The narrator of this wildly surrealistic novel is an American woman having an affair with Stéphane, a drunken, a drunken French violinist who specialises in the baroque repertoire.  If she spent more time caring for him instead of imagining that she encounters Mahler in the supermarket, impressing us with her knowledge of the Queen of the Night’s tessitura, and being snide about standards at the Metropolitan Opera, would it still have ended with her and Stéphane boating on a mountain lake while the clouds sing the slow movement of Schubert’s C Major Quintet?  Probably.'

        - The Sunday Telegraph

 

'Soaked in light, this is a delicate mingling of perception, experience, fantasy and magic.  It casts myriad reflections of Paris in the life of a woman who has escaped from the suburbs.  Some of them are to do with her lover, a drunken married musician whom she loves for his baroque musical brilliance.  Some are to do with the mysteries of the mind which take her into stranger realms of myth where she encounters fictional characters in the flesh.  It’s a graceful, rather beautiful book — airy rather than airheaded, sexy in a cerebral sort of way and more dreamlike than dreamy. Music for Glass Orchestra flows in and out of different states of reality and seeps into the reader’s mind like a half-remembered song.'

      -  Northern Star

 

'It ultimately proved to be an interesting and intellectually stimulating novel.'

       - Event

 

'…a glittering heap of rubble … clear flashes of an interesting intelligence at play.'

       - New Statesman

 

'The hard-boiled, self-mocking female narrator saves her admiration for a church tower and her body for lachrymose violinist Stéphane … Surreal encounters all point to the same message: she must learn to put her hand in the fire — a metaphor, apparently, for surrendering to the truths articulated by the masterpieces (the Goldberg Variations, the Prague Symphony, Beethoven’s G major sonata) Stéphane plays.  Oh for a good musical education.'

    - The Independent on Sunday

 

 

About Give My Heart Ease, Winner, New American Writing Award

 

A graphic but surprisingly moving first novel about a beautiful young woman caught up in a sadomasochistic love affair.  Andreacchi never really explains Justine's obsession with either Roy or rough sex, but the power and poetry of her writing make them believable. An unusual and sometimes potent debut.

     - Kirkus Reviews

 

 Impressions from Slovenia



 

'Žgečkljiva literatura' 

 

Grace Andreacchi: Pomiri mi srce

'Zgodba ljubezni in sexa, obscenosti in popolne predanosti, bolečine in intelekta, mistike inobupa, radosti in duhovne rasti...'

Luškana knjiga.  - AnVip.com

 

ROUGH TRANSLATION:

‘Thought-provoking Literature’

Grace Andreacchi: Give My Heart Ease

'A story of love and passion, obscene desires and true dedication, hurt and intelligence, mysticism and sorrow, happiness and spiritual growth.  A lovely book .'

 

My thanks to the good people at the SSEES Library, University College London.