Posts Tagged "wolfgang mozart"


How to use historical objects in fiction without making them into fetishes In writing historical fiction, there are two main traps to avoid. One is the bugbear of every historical fiction reader, anachronistic dialogue (Such as: “No way,” said King Henry VIII.) The other is being too showy about your historical research. We’ve all bumped into a sentence that’s loaded with historical fact and pays no attention...

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Mozart and Machine Guns


Posted By on Nov 8, 2011

I have a guest post on the excellent Wonders and Marvels historical fiction blog. It introduces some of the story behind why I wrote Mozart’s Last Aria, my new historical crime novel. Here’s how the post starts: The last time someone shot a machine-gun at me, I remember listening to the ricochets off the nearby rocks and thinking: Mozart sounds a lot better than this. I was crouching behind a concrete block on the edge of...

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Me, Mozart and the intifada


Posted By on Oct 31, 2011

If there had never been a Palestinian intifada, I might never have written my novel about the death of Mozart, MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which is published Nov. 1 in the US by HarperCollins. Of course, 4,000 people would also be alive who are now dead. In the course of writing about that destruction between 2000 and 2006, I saw some terrible things, experienced some frightful emotions, and internalized shocking facts about the world around...

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London classical music guru Mark Berry has a guest post from me on his excellent Boulezian blog. I write about how my task as a historical novelist was aided by the period locations still surviving in Vienna, when I wrote my new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I also write more about some of those places and about Mozart’s letters, which were important in creating a “voice” for the...

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My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is released this week in the UK. Each day I’ll be posting a short reading from the novel, with a few words from me to tell you a little about the book. It’s a historical thriller in which Nannerl, the great composer’s talented sister, comes to Vienna in December 1791 to investigate the truth behind her suspicions that Wolfgang was poisoned. Check out the daily readings on this...

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