The new novel from internationally acclaimed author, Margriet de Moor. Kirkus's verdict after reading The Kreutzer Sonata was: 'De Moor is rapidly becoming one of the world's finest novelists.' With an 'astute sense of musical form and a wonderful sense of passion' (New York Times Book Review), master storyteller Margriet de Moor, one of Europe's foremost novelists, once again brings us a richly imagined and highly original tale of passion and jealousy. The unnamed narrator, a young musicologist, befriends the famous blind music critic Marius van Vlooten. They meet on an airplane en route to a master class in Bordeaux, where the narrator introduces Marius to Suzanna, the beautiful first violinist of a string quarter there to perform Janacek's Kreutzer Sonata. From this chance meeting a passionate love affair soon develops between Marius and Suzanna. They become engaged and marry. A series of conversations between Marius and the narrator reveals the truth behind Marius's blindness: when he was a young student he had fallen madly in love with a girl who spurned him. Despairing, he tried to commit suicide, but succeeded only in blinding himself.
Now, ten years later, Marius falls prey to another terrible dilemma: he loves Suzanna desperately, but he suspects she has a lover and becomes insanely jealous. His suspicions and his past draw him into a Hitchcockian vertigo, where, through the language of music, the tragedy plays itself out.
Magriet de Moor is the author of eight novels, all of which have been international best-sellers, including, most recently, Duke of Egypt. She lives in a small village outside Amsterdam.