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Orfeo (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Richard Powers
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014

Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to extract music from rich patterns beyond the ear's ability to hear - has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over.

But alarm turns to national hysteria, as the government promises a panicked nation that the 'Bioterrorist Bach' will be found and brought to trial. As Els feels the noose around him tighten, he embarks on a cross-country trip to visit, one last time, the people in his past who have most shaped his failed musical journey. And through the help of these people - his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime artistic collaborator - Els comes up with a plan to turn this disastrous collision with national security into one last, resonant, calamitous artwork that might reach an audience beyond his wildest dreams.

Biographie de l'auteur

RICHARD POWERS is the author of ten novels. The Echo Maker won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Powers has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. He lives in Illinois.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Orfeo, un autre docteur Faustus 17 mai 2014
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Onzième roman de Richard Powers (né en 1957), l’un des principaux romanciers en activité à la surface de cette planète-ci, publié au début de cette année 2014, Orfeo est sans aucun doute appelé à faire date, comme, du même, la Chambre aux EchosLa chambre aux échos,The Echo Maker.

Roman de la musique et des biotechnologies, Orfeo raconte l’histoire d’un homme en commençant avec le jour où la police lui rend visite par accident, et trouve chez lui quelque chose qui paraît suspect, jour à partir duquel la vie de cet homme va basculer, donnant lieu à un immense flashback.

A travers la vie de Peter Els, compositeur que le succès a fui toute sa vie (ou qui a fui le succès? la différence est-elle si grande ?), c’est cinquante ans d’aventure de la musique contemporaine qui nous sont contés.

Moins touffu que Le temps où nous chantionsLe temps où nous chantions, l'autre grand livre de Powers consacré à la musique (mais il faudrait remonter aux
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Music for the End of Time 21 janvier 2014
Par Roger Brunyate - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are a music-lover, read this book for its extraordinary insight into the mind of a musician. At least listen to its sound-track. For, as he proved in THE TIME OF OUR SINGING, Richard Powers is peerless in his ability to recapture music through words. As he looks back over the life of American composer Peter Els -- fictional but so possible -- he tells his story as much through the music he listens to as by what he writes or does himself. He fills many pages at a time with the sound of masterpieces, some familiar, some obscure, all miraculous. I knew most of the pieces that first awaken Els to music, so I could hear them in my head: Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time. But Powers treats them with a depth of perception and breadth of reference that I know will send me back to my CDs to hear them again through his ears. His account of the genesis and performance of the Messaien in a German POW camp especially, though based upon a source that he gladly acknowledges, is twenty-five pages of sheer wonder.

Halfway through the novel, Powers mentions a piece I hadn't heard in many years: Terry Riley's In C, arguably the seminal work of American minimalism. So I found a recording on You Tube and played it as I read on, and kept doing this until the end, with composers such as Shostakovich, Harry Partch, or Peter Lieberson. The most striking was an almost hallucinatory sequence in which Els, on the run from the FBI, is in a college-town cafe. A piece is playing on the sound system: Proverb, Steve Reich's exploration of a text by Wittgenstein. I did not know this at all, so stopped to put it on. Immediately, the music and the words began to entwine with one another. Powers was writing, as it were, in real time; as I would read something, I would hear it also, without even trying to get my bearings. But he was doing a lot more than just describing a particular piece at a particular time; somehow, he could summon a whole millennium of music, wrapping its end in its beginning, casting Reich's pulsing notes as the heartbeat of eternity.

Plot-based descriptions of the novel may make Els seem like some latter-day Frankenstein, but he really isn't. All the same, let me explain. After retiring from his small college in Pennsylvania, Els goes back to his old metier as a chemist (his major in college), and experiments with home gene-splicing, which is apparently less complex than it sounds. He is trying to encode a piece of music into a strand of DNA, then splice it into a living cell which would perpetuate it for all eternity. Early in the book, unfortunately, this gets him into trouble with Homeland Security; the present-day framework of the novel spans a period of about a week while he is evading arrest as a suspected terrorist. Not so, except in the radical sense that all music is terrorism, born of the need to destroy old assumptions and open fresh possibilty. Peter's gene-splicing project is both a kind of metaphor for music itself and a bid for immortality. For every single one of the pieces that form the sound-track to this extraordinary novel has to do with the passing of time and its end in death or silence.

And so it is in the plot. This is the story of an older man looking back at his life, his loves and losses, his wild inventions, all-consuming obsessions, successes and failures. Powers is not quite so good at conjuring up Els' own compositions as those of others, but he still gives a remarkable account of his progress as a composer from the radical years of the sixties through the eclecticism of the present. And he is equally fine as a novelist, showing Peter Els as a young man, discovering Mahler's music and his girlfriend's breasts at the same time, falling in love with the first singer of his Borges songs, making worlds afresh with his daughter, and then losing it all. Creation and loss and the passage of time, these are the themes of this book at every level. But Peter's road trip through America turns out to be about something else: the recapture and repair of the past; wrapping its end in its beginning, as with the Steve Reich; and like music, not ending at all.

Readers who are not musicians will probably not have read this far. And rightly so, for I am not sure this is the book for you. Powers' exploration of a man in his time and in eternity is a noble theme in any tongue, and he handles it masterfully. But he has chosen to tell it through the language of music -- and that may not be equally accessible to everyone. [7 stars for musicians; 3-4 otherwise]

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I am returning to this having just read Powers' THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS, his landmark novel of 1991, and extraordinarily similar to this one. Surely ORFEO must be a deliberate attempt to write a farewell variation on the earlier book, bringing its subject up to date and adjusting the proportions? ORFEO's Peter Els has progressed to gene splicing in his kitchen, but Stuart Ressler, the equivalent scientist-composer in GBV, fifty years earlier works right on the edge of cracking the genetic code. The chief musical referent in GBV, as its title would indicate, is Bach's Goldberg Variations; ORFEO is immersed in modernism, the music of the postwar period. Both have to do with death, inheritance, and immortality, but ORFEO treats the theme more lyrically, with greater heartbreak. Reading GBV, it would seem that Powers was trying to get in everything he knew about everything -- history, science, mathematics, linguistics, painting, philosophy -- bursting at the seams as though he would never again write another novel. ORFEO is not only slimmer but more focused. Powers is still the same extraordinary polymath, but here he has chosen one medium to carry all the others. And this is music, in which he is totally superb.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Vintage Powers, although slightly uneven. 20 janvier 2014
Par A. Jogalekar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Reading a Richard Powers novel is always an experience. Powers is one of the world's most creative and cerebral writers. His novels contain surprising, dextrous and often amazingly imaginative connections between a dazzling array of ideas from poetry, music, culture, science and technology. The metaphors and allusions he weaves can leave readers stupefied. This is only my second Powers book but I can attest that reading a book by this remarkable author is never easy and sometimes exhausting, but always rewarding.

Powers's latest novel amply evidences all these qualities. The main storyline is about a music composer doing biotechnology in his garage as a hobby who flees from the authorities after they misunderstanding his tinkering. But this main story is almost a byline and the real purpose is to explore Peter Els's life and especially the river of music that has been his constant companion. Along the way we are treated to expansive, creative, several pages-long descriptions of famous music pieces like Mozart's Jupiter symphony, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Classical music aficionados will find these descriptions a treat and will gaze upon Powers's prodigious musical knowledge with wonder. Some of the renditions - like an exquisite unpacking of Steve Reich's eerie, haunting "Proverb" in a scene set in a college cafe - are mesmerizing. In fact it's worth listening to the relevant pieces either during or after the reading (there are two Spotify lists of the music on Powers's website).

A few central characters dot the landscape of Els's life; his wife and girlfriend, his daughter who was initially estranged but is now a doting presence, and a best friend with whom he shared an inspired musical relationship, albeit one that was marked by highs and lows. All these threads and characters are interspersed with the main narrative and the multiple stories constantly travel back and forth in time and space like gleaming, colorful strands of memory. Lost love, reclusive bliss, fond hope; all find ample expression in Els's life and Powers's pen.

My problems with the book are similar to those which other critics have pointed out. In sculpting out such a rich tapestry of ideas Powers often leaves his characters and the details of their lives impoverished and neglected. The personal is sacrificed at the altar of the cerebral. For instance Els's interest in biotechnology is described rather sparsely. Both he and the other characters in the story often suffer attrition, as if they are simply vehicles for the ideas. There is more than one occasion on which an individual seems to flit in and out of a scene, like a waiter bringing choice tidbits to a privileged table. This would have been ok if the entire emphasis was on the meal, but it's a bit of a problem if you were writing a story about the waiter's life. And while I will not give away the ending it too seems like a victim of Powers's fondness for metaphors and temporal back-and-forth, a feverish explosion of creativity that gets the better of him and leaves the essence of the characters smoldering behind.

Nevertheless the book is eminently readable and yet another tribute to this remarkable writer's inventiveness. I have read very few authors whose sentence constructions defy imagination like this, whose palette of metaphor and sheer connectivity of ideas contain the whole of humanity and the universe, and whose books, when you finish reading them, genuinely leave you wondering, "How on earth does he do that?".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What's In? What's Out 24 janvier 2014
Par Thomas F. Dillingham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Patterns. Repetitions. Rules. Freedom. Mastery.

In her essay "On Beauty and Being Just," Elaine Scarry poses a question: "What is the felt experience of cognition at the moment one stands in the presence of a beautiful boy or flower or bird? It seems to incite, even to require, the act of replication. Wittgenstein says that when the eye sees something beautiful, the hand wants to draw it. Beauty brings copies of itself into being. . . . Sometimes it gives rise to exact replication and other times to resemblances and still other times to things whose connection to the original site of inspiration is unrecognizable." Scarry has much more to say about the experiences of beauty in our lives, but her constant point is that beauty is not useless and not escapist--that beauty moves us to make better lives, a better world, not just for ourselves, selfishly, but for all humanity.

Readers of Richard Powers's novels have become accustomed to his challenges--to the layered and complex issues his narratives raise and force us to consider, maybe contemplate, while we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of his characters. In his most recent novel, Orfeo, the composer/chemist hero, Peter Els, confronts many challenges to his youthful belief that making music is creating beauty--a belief that is decidedly out of fashion during his days as a student and young adult. When the novel begins, he is a retired teacher living with his aging Golden Labrador and engaged in a hobby based on his first college major, chemistry: that is, he is doing research into gene splicing because he is interested in whether music (the making of music, responses to music) is genetically determined. If humans (and some animals) have similar responses to certain chord progressions or melodies, does that fact indicate a genetic predisposition? And could that suggest that DNA programs are chemical music? Could genes be composed like musical phrases?

In the midst of one such experiment, Els realizes his beloved dog, Fidelio, is perhaps dying; he calls 911 and sets in motion the calamitous series of events that constitute the crescendo finale of his life. But interspersed in the narrative of his painful encounters with what we know as the "surveillance state," we have the narrative line portraying Peter's childhood and youth, up through his marriage and the birth of his daughter--and along with that, the descriptions of his obsession with music, his lesser interest in chemistry, and the complications in his personal relationships brought on by his efforts to create music inspired especially by his romantic attachments. Along the way, he encounters composition teachers and other musicians who are all angrily seeking the new and revolutionary art forms, whether musical or theatrical or graphical, that will convey the reality of the world of the 60s, 70s, 80s of our era--periods of senseless wars, assassinations, brutal repression of protest and assertions of freedom, claims of the right to take off one's clothes (thanks to the Living Theater), to participate in happenings that embody the idea that random and un-ruled and spontaneous behavior creates art of the instant, ephemeral (who needs permanent monuments, they are repressive) and mind-blowing. A mistake-free culture fueled by John Cage's aphorisms, including prominently and repeatedly "A 'mistake' is beside the point. Once anything happens, it authentically is." This, and comparable though diverse comments from Harry Partch, George Crumb, Milton Babbitt and other thinkers struggling with the question of the purpose of art and the problem, confronted by Peter Els, "Music is awareness flowing in through the ear. And nothing is more terrifying than being aware" are scattered in boldface type through the text. [I did not notice Schoenberg's comment: "The laws of art consist mainly of exceptions." Perhaps too subversive of the main argument.]

The story of Peter Els's advances and retreats in the world of musical composition intertwine with the description of his flight from the agents of the security state--the year is 2011 and the panic that engendered the Patriot Act is in full cry. In this respect, parts of Powers's narrative feel as though they could be reports on yesterday's events, as mutatis mutandis, they are. One of the aphorisms was true in the 80s: "I wanted to believe that music was the way out of all politics. But it's only another way in." It's true today, differently.

Because the central character lives in a world of music, there is a great deal of very informative and even inspiring commentary about music--especially about pieces Peter listens to during his lifetime--and so readers are treated to lucid and even revelatory analyses of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Steve Reich's Proverb, Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs (written for and performed by his wife, transcendent mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson), and several other works, including Peter Els's own imagined opera and his Borges songs, works that might as well be (maybe Powers has composed them and will let us hear them someday?). There is also a fair amount of discussion of gene chemistry, of the strategies of avant-garde theatrical directors, and other technicalities related to Peter's life and work. The novel never lets us forget that artistic creation is part of the social and political fabric of the world in which we live, both transformative in some ways, but vulnerable, even victimized, when the forces "in charge" turn their baleful eyes of death in its direction. This last comes home to us in the deep commentary on Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, written ostensibly as an "apology" to the Russian people for his sins against the reality of the Soviet, though perceived, perhaps rightly, as a gesture of defiance to the moustached leader crouched in the Kremlin.

As may be apparent, I am impressed and enthusiastic about this novel, but must admit that it may not be popular with all readers. Some may find that it assumes a degree of familiarity not only with music but with the art scene that such readers may find "elitist," or exclusionary. My recommendation--find recordings or performances of those works--listen, then re-read. The novel is fascinating, enlightening, and deeply moving.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great novel by a surprising author 19 février 2014
Par Kirk McElhearn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ever since I first discovered Richard Powers' novel Gold Bug Variations, I have been following this author's work closely. I await each new novel with impatience, as he has one of the most fascinating voices in modern fiction.

Powers often writes novels where science is an important character (and some which is properly science fiction). There are scientists, neurological illnesses, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. But Powers is also clearly a music fan, as Gold Bug Variations shows (partly based on Bach's Goldberg Variations, partly on Poe's The Gold Bug). This love for music can be seen in his latest novel, Orfeo.

Powers is a master stylist; he is a master of the sentence. Reading a novel by Richard Powers can be like strolling through a museum. Each sentence, each paragraph stands out like a painting, giving a specific view of the world. As I was reading Orfeo, there were hundreds of sentences that I could have underlined, because they were so breathtakingly beautiful. (Well, I don't underline in books; I can't deface them. I stick little post-its to mark my favorite passages.) Powers said, in an interview with the Paris Review:

"A lot of people who have written about me have written about the architecture and the large-scale design of my work, which is important to me. But it's really the individual sentence that I work at again and again until it becomes the thing it's trying to describe. To me, that sense of complete commensurability between form and content at the level of the individual sentence is really what writing is all about. I love to see how much load a sentence can bear. I don't want it to be a performance. I don't want it to call attention to itself as a virtuosic set piece. But I do want somehow to do this double-voicing where a sentence can reflect the virtuosity of the human mind. Reflect the multiplicity and richness of a sensibility as it tries to synthesize all these inimical things in the experiential world. What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states."

Orfeo tells the story of an avant-garde composer, Peter Els, who, in his early life, had considered becoming a chemist. Now in his 1970s, Els starts dabbling with biochemistry: home DNA experiments on bacteria. When some federal agents find out, he becomes branded a bio-terrorist, and flees, setting out a journey to exonerate himself while becoming an internet sensation. He even tweets from @TerrorChord; a real Twitter account exists which contains all the tweets that were made in the book. (The author has confirmed to me by email that he is not behind that account.)

The novel alternates between the story of Els in the present, on the run, and the story of his life as a composer. Beginning in the earliest days, when he makes music that only a select few want to listen to, Els tries to find his voice, to find music that will change the world. But, when he is a fugitive, he realizes that he had once:

"... believed that music could save a person's life. He could think of nothing now but all the ways it might get a person killed."

Throughout this trajectory, Powers riffs on music and terror. He focuses closely on a number of works, which feature as plot points for Els' life:

Mozart, Jupiter symphony
Mahler, Kindertotenlieder
Messiaen, Quatuour pour la fin du temps
Cage, Musicircus
Reich, Proverb
Shostakovich, 5th symphony
Lieberman, "Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres," from Neruda Songs

Powers' comments about music are perceptive, and his comments about the way people listen to music even more so. Watching a young woman jog, Els thinks:

"A tinny munchkin backbeat trailed from her earbuds in her wake. Els couldn't make out the flavor of her bliss. This part, these advance spring flowers, the sixty-degree air stolen from paradise, were colored for her by invisible instruments that no one but she could hear."

But much of this novel is also about the irrational reaction to "terror" that has gripped the United States. Els was merely playing apprentice sorcerer with banal bacteria, the kind that we wear on our skin. (The reader learns why at the end of the novel.) But, as Els says:

"The nation has been panicked for ten years. And if spreading panic is the measure, every news anchor is a terrorist."

As Els thinks to himself:

"You've just turned some stupid misunderstanding into a federal offense by acting like a criminal."

The novel must reach a conclusion, and it does, in an unexpected way. But not without raising poignant questions about music itself. Much of this novel asks the question, "Why music?" What does music do for us; why do we react in the ways we do. Els applauds the vast catalog of music that people can call up at will on portable devices, and he later asks the question, "How did music trick the body into thinking it had a soul."

There is no answer to this question, but if you care about music, you'll want to read Orfeo. Even if you don't like classical music, you'll find a taut thriller, interspersed with reflections on art. Either way, this is a page-turner that explores the place of art in our lives.

As Powers says, "Life is an escaped experiment, say the artists, and the only real safety is death."

Once more with feeling...
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Avant-garde music for avant-garde readers! 9 mars 2014
Par Oliver Twist - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the tragi-comic story of Peter Els, a man who was born with an aptitude for both music and chemistry but was conflicted about which direction he should take in life, eventually unable to satisfy himself in either discipline. In the end, more out of frustration than some inner driving spirit, Peter tries to meld music and bio-chemistry in a bizarre experiment, perhaps create an opus magnum, but succeeds only in poisoning his dog, which puts him in the limelight as a potential terrorist. (No spoiler alert here-all of this is revealed in the first few pages.) Peter spends the rest of the book reviewing his rather eccentric and haphazard life as he zigs and zags across the country to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
Richard Powers writes very well, in one of those literary styles that is never overbearing, it is down to earth enough to keep your mind on the story. His prose is pleasant and lyrical, perhaps too lyrical, in the sense that half of all the descriptions are in terms of sound and music. In the course of the book he analyses several known musical works as to their structure and composition, which can be frustrating if you're not classically trained in music. Also offputting is the way the narrative jumps from the present to the past in no discernible pattern as Peter Els reminisces over his miserable life, his mind flitting back and forth with the constancy of a metronome. Even though the story is basically about running away from the law, there is very little actual running happening, three quarters or more of the story is told through remembrances of the past.
By far the most frustrating thing about this book is the character of the protagonist. It is very hard to get to like Mr. Els, he hardly seems to like himself. He appears to have a problem relating to people, even his girlfriend, and later his wife, and his relationship with his only male friend is all push and pull. He doesn't seem to have a mind of his own. He shifts from chemistry to music because of what his girlfriend thinks, and later on makes a career decision at the expense of his family, but even after making up his mind he's not really trying. He experiments with the new because he is in the field of avant-garde music, but Mr. Powers fails to convince me that Peter is really committed to all these life choices, he carries on more out of bull-headedness than passion. In fact, I don't see any real ambition or love in his life, for either people or music, and he even allows his final discovery to dribble through his fingertips. It's very sad.
I think fans of Richard Powers and those readers interested in classical music may like this book but I can't imagine it's one of his best. I was intrigued by the beautiful comments and praise on the back cover and I really wanted to like this book. It was not what I expected.
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