Missing Alfred Brendel

Missing Alfred Brendel

Armin Thurnher

His profession is journalism, his passion is music, his guiding star is Alfred Brendel. Time and again the narrator tries to get close to the great pianist and, time and again, all his efforts are doomed to fail.

"Admiration is all well and good," says the wife of the narrator in Armin Thurnher's novel, "but is it really necessary to take it as far as obsession?" Der Übergänger is about the narrator's veneration for the famous pianist Alfred Brendel. This adulation is the reason why, for a long time, he doesn't have the courage to ask him for an interview; and when he finally does summon the courage, his request is refused. However, he still sends Brendel an article he wrote about him, and as a result the pianist agrees to meet him. But somehow all the plans fall through. When the narrator hears of Brendel's intention to stop giving concerts and withdraw from public life entirely, he decides that it's now or never and he has to make one final attempt to meet his idol.

Armin Thurnher has concocted a captivating story of pure, true love and an unashamedly autobiographical curio all in one: the tale of an infatuated attempt to get near to someone that is full of stumblings and jumblings, which ultimately all lead to nothing.

Missing Alfred Brendel

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