Jean Echenoz • Ravel

Aren’t public libraries the best?

The other day I was looking up books on Maurice Ravel, who is one of my favourite composers. The title Ravel: A Novel caught my eye. Yes, it was about the composer. I’d never heard of the author, Jean Echenoz, but a quick search told me he was a popular contemporary French author.

What a happy accident it was! If a light novella that manages to be both funny and touching sounds pleasant to you, then I highly recommend it. No need to read the review below. But if you want to see some aspects of the book that I enjoyed, read on. As always, there are plenty of spoilers below.

Jean Echenoz, Ravel, trans. Linda Coverdale. 2005 novella about Maurice Ravel’s last decade. Warmly recommended.

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