[Reading] ➮ Henry James' Midnight Song ➶ Carol de Chellis Hill – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The Setting Fin de siècle Vienna a society of almost unprecedented vitality enlivened by new movements in music art fashion literature psychology and love Yet Vienna is a society on the edge of chaos The Setting Fin de siècle Vienna a society of almost unprecedented vitality enlivened by new movements in music art fashion literature psychology and love Yet Vienna is a society on the edge of chaos Beneath the glittering surface it seethes with conflict and ethnic tension Divided by anti Semitism racism feminism sex and the denial of sex it is a society remarkably similar to our own The Plot The women of Vienna are dying some by Henry James' PDF or murder some by suicide During Dr Freud's absence in Paris a body is found in his study but disappears as uickly as it was discovered Was there really a murder or was it merely hysteria on the part of Freud's wife and sister in law How does this body fit into the recent epidemic of women's mysterious deaths in Vienna Into the web of deceit murder and social upheaval step a variety of real characters each with something to hide who become suspects in the case the distinguished novelist Edith Wharton who comes to Vienna to engage in a passionate illicit affair; her friend and traveling companion Henry James who has consulted Freud about his own secret trespasses; Freud's colleagues Dr Jung and Dr Fliess; and Jung's patient lover Sabina Spielrein Drawn into the plot as well are the Mains the family of an American businessman along with Police Inspector LeBlanc who arrives from Paris to pursue the strange case amid mounting anti Semitic desire to lay blame for the murders at the door of Jews Will the inspector solve the murders before a riot ensues The Novel Is fiction as Henry James says just the other side of history Is Vienna in merely a stage on which the same tensions that haunt American society today are being given a dress rehearsal Are we like the Viennese of suffering from fin de siècle syndrome Is there such a thing Combining the historical imagination of Ragtime with the intellectual audacity of Flaubert's Parrot Henry James' Midnight Song brilliantly blends history and fiction in a fast moving breathtakingly original novel of ideas.
- 448 pages
- Henry James' Midnight Song
- Carol de Chellis Hill
- 28 January 2014 Carol de Chellis Hill