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Piano, by Jean Echenoz

David Horovitch reads an excerpt from the comic novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist who not only drinks too much, but also suffers from stage fright.

David Horovitch reads an excerpt from Jean Echenoz's prize-winning comic novel celebrating the life and times of a concert pianist.

Although Max Delmarc lives quietly in Paris with his wife, his life is in chaos - he has begun to fear performing and has started to drink to forget his problems. Max's cynical agent employs a minder to look after him, and a strange and touching relationship blossoms between the two as each evening, seconds before the curtain rises, there are new terrors to deal with.

20 minutes

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Fri 13 Feb 2009 19:40

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