So, let’s begin…
Goldberg: variations (M) by Gabriel Josipovici. I think of Gould. Only later, Bach. The cover is a sillouhette of a sorrowed or pensive man. The description on the back,
At the turn of the eighteenth century, a writer -- a Jew -- enters an English country manor, where he has been invited to read through the night to his host until the gentleman falls asleep. What unfolds then are seemingly unconnected stories covering a vast array of topics -- from incest to madness to a poetic competition in the court of George III. And what emerges by the end is a breathtaking tapestry in which past and present, imagination and truth, are intricately woven together into one remarkable whole.
What gets me: “…seemingly unconnected stories.” I love looking for links between lives, and patterns of experience. I read the first page. Have to make myself stop. There is description of place, of people, and details whose specificity I don’t understand, but am sure will be important later. The insomniac describes himself as a philosopher. He asks challenging questions, and makes rich statements. The book makes me think of If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler and Cloud Atlas, but after reading about Bach’s Goldberg Variations, it seems that this is where much inspiration came – for structure as well as content.