Music of the Eclipse
"A love story has no beginning…" This is the first line of La Voix d’alto, a most uncommon tale of two destinies intertwined. Philippe, a well-known violist from the French countryside, teaches at the conservatory in the village where they live. With a fervent taste for music and women, Philippe is haunted by his older brother’s untimely death. Nicole, an English-speaking radiologist from Canada, grapples with depression and her family’s idiosyncrasies. As in any love story, there is no apparent reason for their attraction, but the passion they share runs deeper than any explanation ever could. Their unusual relationship, which knows no jealousy, is a balance between words and sex, music, and childhood memories. When they are together, only the present matters. And on August 11, 1999, when an eclipse darkens the sky, Nicole feels a heightened sense of anxiety and a sense of impending doom from the coming millennium. Millet explores the intricacies of the romantic relationship with finesse and a striking sense of human psychology.
Le Monde writes, "Richard Millet once again displays his perfect mastery of style and composition."
Richard Millet : Richard Millet is the author of several previous novels, including La Gloire des Pythre, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.