Longing

by J. D. Landis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 14, 2000 | Hardcover

Longing is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The Romantic era was the cradle for artists who lived life to the fullest and loved without restraint, and Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara, were the epitome of this unbounded period. Robert shocked and confused listeners with music that heralded the beginning of the modern era while he drove both his mind and his body to their limit. Clara was the most acclaimed female pianist of her time-a time that included Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and later, Brahms, whom Clara and Robert loved more than any other man. With characters of surpassing vitality, Longing delineates the most intimate details of the relationships between men and women with a surpassing precision, sympathy, and wisdom. Combining the dramatic historical narrative of The Alienist with the passionate sensitivity of Possession and the sensual intellectuality of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it is a consummate achievement of the novelist's art.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.1 in

Published: September 14, 2000

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0151004536

ISBN - 13: 9780151004539

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I can't remember when I was more excited about a book. As soon as I finished it, I began reading it a second time. I gave it away to a friend, and now I'm going to place an order for another copy. Not only is it authentic - it caused me to read several biographies of Clara and Robert Schumann, and I didn't notice any discrepancies with the "novel" - but it is wonderfully written, aimed at a literate audience that enjoys an educated vocabulary and the well chosen word. I have nothing but the highest praise for how the author turned material gleaned from letters, diaries, biographies and so on into such a beautiful and moving novel. And this is not even mentioning what a great story the relationship of Clara and Robert (and Brahms) is. If you're interested in classical music, this is for you!
Date published: 2009-01-18

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Longing

Longing

by J. D. Landis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.1 in

Published: September 14, 2000

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0151004536

ISBN - 13: 9780151004539

From the Publisher

The Romantic era was the cradle for artists who lived life to the fullest and loved without restraint, and Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara, were the epitome of this unbounded period. Robert shocked and confused listeners with music that heralded the beginning of the modern era while he drove both his mind and his body to their limit. Clara was the most acclaimed female pianist of her time-a time that included Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and later, Brahms, whom Clara and Robert loved more than any other man. With characters of surpassing vitality, Longing delineates the most intimate details of the relationships between men and women with a surpassing precision, sympathy, and wisdom. Combining the dramatic historical narrative of The Alienist with the passionate sensitivity of Possession and the sensual intellectuality of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it is a consummate achievement of the novelist's art.

About the Author

J. D. Landis is the author of Lying in Bed and worked in trade book publishing for twenty-five years. In 1996, he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, which said, in part, "J. D. Landis is a gifted writer who has the courage and strength to take chances." He lives in New Hampshire.

From Our Editors

Robert and Clara Schumann were the most exciting couple of the Romantic era. J.D. Landis examines their life and times in Longing. Readers will learn about the music of this era and friends of the Schumanns, including Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Brahms. As well as learning about the Schumanns’ personal life, readers will get a feel for the attitudes and politics of this era. Anyone with an interest in history and music will want to read this book.

Editorial Reviews

"J. D. Landis has produced a book as haunting and complex as the music of his subjects, Robert and Clara Schumann.... I know no book that marries art and life so seamlessly; 'If music be the food of love,' here we have a feast.- Nicholas Delbanco, author of the lost suitcase