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Seven Touches of Music by Zoran Zivkovic
Edited by Translation: Alice Copple-Tosic
Review by Gayle Surrette
Aio Publishing Company Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 1933083042
Date: 01 September, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Seven Touches of Music is seven short stories or mosaics that all have a common thread of music being integral plot in some manner. In "The Whisper" a teacher plays music for some autistic children and when one reacts in a manner that leads him to believe that there is more to the child than what he sees -- he finds he's become someone he doesn't like. For a woman in "The Waiting Room" the music of an accordion causes her to have visions of the future -- visions that she doesn't know what to do about.

From official release/information:

Book Description: This experimental mosaic novel by a Serbian author—who is often compared to such luminaries as Italo Calvino, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges—consists of seven wispily-connected stories about unexpected encounters with music. A teacher of autistic students, a librarian, the purchaser of a music box, an elderly woman at a train station, a scientist-turned-painter, a dying professor, and a violin-maker's apprentice seem deceptively ordinary until sudden shifts in time or place thrust them into a realm where all the conventional ways of appreciating music seem not to apply.

(Source: Aio Publishing Company)

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