Disturbance of the Inner Ear

Disturbance of the Inner Ear

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Baker & Taylor
Haunted by Holocaust memories, former cello prodigy Isabel Masurovsky takes a job teaching a millionaire's son to play, while gigolo Giulio works to seduce Isabel away from her past so that she can perform again.

Perseus Publishing
Dark, intense, and often very funny, this critically lauded debut novel tells a story of inherited trauma healed by erotic love in the lives of two unlikely soul mates: Isabel, a former cello prodigy and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and Giulio, an Italian gigolo. With its hypnotic internal logic, Disturbance of the Inner Ear conjures a ravaged landscape in which anything is possible. Hackett’s musical language comes alive in a pitch-perfect first-person narrative that is evasive yet intimate, and utterly unforgettable. Stylistically daring and psychologically acute, this dazzling debut marks the arrival of an exciting new novelist.

Dark, intense, and often very funny, this critically lauded debut novel tells a story of inherited trauma healed by erotic love in the lives of two unlikely soul mates: Isabel, a former cello prodigy and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and Giulio, an Italian gigolo. With its hypnotic internal logic, Disturbance of the Inner Ear conjures a ravaged landscape in which anything is possible. Hackett's musical language comes alive in a pitch-perfect first-person narrative that is evasive yet intimate, and utterly unforgettable. Stylistically daring and psychologically acute, this dazzling debut marks the arrival of an exciting new novelist.


Blackwell North Amer
Days after Isabel Masurovsky arrives in Italy with her elderly teacher and lover, he dies in their hotel room, leaving her stranded. A broken-down former prodigy cellist, Isabel is the daughter of a world-renowned pianist who survived the Czech concentration camp Theresienstadt.
The extreme survival prescriptions her father instilled continue to ring in her ear, and she has been frozen and unable to perform since his death. But she bluffs her way into a job teaching the tone-deaf son of a shady miser millionaire. Soon she discovers the instrument his father is hiding, a legendary cello that was confiscated by the Nazis and never resurfaced.
Isabel secretly takes the cello to play at her teacher's funeral. As she is wandering the streets afterward, lost, she meets a cagey surgical resident with past complications of his own. A compulsive performer and liar, he turns out to be more genuine than anyone Isabel has ever known. Slowly, relentlessly, he unravels Isabel's disturbance and dares her to play the cello she is destined to play, to live not in her father's time but in her own.

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& Taylor

Haunted by Holocaust memories, former cello prodigy Isabel Masurovsky takes a job teaching a millionaire's son to play, while gigolo Giulio works to seduce Isabel away from her past so that she can perform again. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, c2002
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786710461
0786710462
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 24 cm

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