The Last Movement
- date of publication: 03.08.2020
- 128 Pages
- Hanser Berlin
- ISBN 978-3-446-26788-6
- Deutschland: 19,00 €
- Österreich: 19,60 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-26875-3
- E-Book Deutschland: 14,99 €
Music doesn’t need anything or anyone, it’s always there. But what about life?
The moving portrait of the outstanding composer Gustav Mahler at the end of his life.
Gustav Mahler sits on the deck of a ship en route from New York to Europe. He is famous – the greatest musician in the world in fact – but he is in pain, as he always has been. While the ship’s boy cares for him gently but insistently, Mahler thinks over the past few years, the summers in the mountains and the death of his daughter Maria, whom he still thinks he sees sometimes. And of Anna, his other daughter who is sitting downstairs at breakfast; and of Alma, the love of his life who has driven him to madness and to whom he has long since lost contact. This is to be his last ever trip.
"The Last Movement" is a poignant portrait of a composer who has grown tired while he is confronted with memories of the past in crystal-clear moments of beauty and regret.
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