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Max Delmarc, age fifty, is a famous concert pianist with two problems: the first is a paralyzing stage fright for which the second, alcohol, is the only treatment. In this unparalleled comedy from the Prix Goncourt - winning French novelist Jean Echenoz, we journey with Max, from the trials of his everyday life, through his untimely death, and on into the afterlife.

After a brief stay in purgatory - part luxury hotel, part minimum security prison, under the supervision of deceased celebrities - Max is cast into an alarmingly familiar partition of hell, "the urban zone," a dark and cloudy city much like his native Paris on an eternally bad day. Unable to play his beloved piano or stomach his needed drink, Max engages in a hapless struggle to piece his former life back together while searching in vain for the woman he once loved.

An acclaimed bestseller with 50,000 copies sold in France, Piano is a sly, sardonic evocation of Dante and Sartre for the present day, the playful, daring masterpiece of a novelist at the top of his form.


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Hardback Editions

April 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Piano: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Echenoz, Mark Polizzotti
ISBN: 1-56584-871-3 / 978-1-56584-871-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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Paperback Editions

November 2005 : UK Paperback

Title: Piano
Author(s): Jean Echenoz
ISBN: 0-09-946943-X / 978-0-09-946943-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: VINTAGE (RAND)
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November 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Piano
Author(s): Jean Echenoz
ISBN: 1-84343-180-7 / 978-1-84343-180-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK