Synopses & Reviews
In the grand manner of her legendary debut, Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice's new novel moves across time and around the globe to tell the story of two charismatic, haunted figures bound together by a passion for music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.
The exquisite Triana is a fascinating woman with dreams of becoming a great musician. The demonic Stefan is the tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat, who uses his magic violin first to enchant Triana -- and then to dominate and draw her into madness. But Triana understands the power of music perhaps even better than Stefan does and sets out to resist him in a fight for her sanity and her life. Their battle of wills plunges them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. How Triana ultimately frees herself from the man who is both her mentor and tormentor is the breathtaking heart of "Violin" -- a novel crowded with the history, the drama, the invention, and the intensity that have become synonymous with Anne Rice at her incomparable best.
In the grand manner of Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice's new novel moves across time and the continents, from nineteenth-century Vienna to a St. Charles Greek Revival mansion in present-day New Orleans to dazzling capitals of the modern-day world, telling a story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.
While grieving the death of her husband, Triana falls prey to the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat who uses his magic violin first to enchant, then to dominate and draw her into a state of madness.
But Triana understands the power of the music perhaps even more than Stefan--and she sets out to resist him and to fight, not only for her sanity, but for her life. The struggle draws them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. Battling desperately, they are at last propelled toward the novel's astonishing and unforgettable climax.
About the Author
Anne Rice is the author of eighteen books. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, the poet and painter Stan Rice.