The Variations

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by Langley, Patrick

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published 07/09/2023 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 464 pages

197 x 127 x 27mm | 430g

Selda Heddle, a famously reclusive composer, is found dead in a snowy field near her Cornish home. She was educated at Agnes’s Hospice for Acoustically Gifted Children, which for centuries has offered its young wards a grounding in the gift – an inherited ability to tune into the voices and sounds of the past. When she dies, Selda’s gift passes down to her grandson Wolf, who must make sense of her legacy, and learn to live with the newly unleashed voices in his head. Ambitious and exhilarating, The Variations is a novel of startling originality about music and the difficulty – or impossibility – of living with the past.