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The Piano Cemetery

(2010)
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Set in the working-class district of Benfica in Lisbon, "The Piano Cemetery" tells the story of a family, and especially of the hopes and fears of the fathers who pass the baton of the generations on to their sons. The Lazaro family are cabinet-makers who would rather be piano-makers. They have a carpentry shop in the Benfica district of Lisbon and there at the back is the 'piano cemetery' piled high with broken-down pianos that provide the spare parts needed for repairing pianos all over the city. It is a mysterious and magical place, a place of solace, a dreaming place and, above all, a trysting place for lovers. "The Piano Cemetery" is a wonderfully accomplished novel in which the true story of the Portuguese marathon-runner, Francisco Lazaro, is woven into a rich narrative of love, betrayal, domestic happiness and dashed hopes. Narrated in part by the father of Francisco Lazaro on the day his grandson is born and the day he himself dies and in part by his son as he runs the Stockholm marathon of 1908, remembering his family and his loves as he struggles against the heat and strives to outrun death itself. It is a beautifully constructed tale, that is by turns, violent and tender, funny and moving, with flashes of true insight, startling imagery and an instinctive understanding of families and their ways. "The Piano Cemetery" establishes Jose Luis Peixoto not only as the leading Portuguese novelist of his generation, but as a major figure on the international literary scene.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I have no doubt that he is the safe promise of a great writer." - José Saramago


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Hardback Editions

November 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
Author(s): Jose Luis Peixoto
ISBN: 0-7475-9965-3 / 978-0-7475-9965-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
Author(s): Jose Luis Peixoto
ISBN: 1-4088-1009-3 / 978-1-4088-1009-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
Author(s): Jose Luis Peixoto
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Piano Cemetery
Author(s): Jose Luis Peixoto
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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