Colm Tóibín: The Magician / With a performance by the Viano String Quartet - 92Y, New York

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Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series
Words & Music

Colm Tóibín: The Magician

With a performance by the Viano String Quartet
Colm Tóibín

Join Colm Tóibín (The Master, Brooklyn) as he presents The Magician, an intimate portrait of author Thomas Mann, alongside the Viano String Quartet’s performance of Beethoven’s Opus 132, which plays a central role in the novel.

Thomas turned to the violinist, who asked him why he had especially wanted Opus 132.
“For the third movement,” he said.
“I like the idea of Neue Kraft fühlend.”
“Do you feel new strength?”
“When I think of the book I must write, I do. Or I hope I do.”

A stunning accomplishment of research and imagination, The Magician explores the creation of Mann’s art and the times in which he and his family lived—from the First World War to the rise of Hitler to exile in America.

“He is a genuinely great writer. No living novelist dramatizes artistic creation as profoundly, as luminously, as Colm Tóibín, or conveys so well the entanglement of imagination and desire,” writes Garth Greenwell. “His style, with its faultless elegance and unsparing gaze, gives the sense of mastery threatened everywhere by passion. Reading him is among the deepest pleasures our literature can offer.”

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Viano String Quartet

Viano String Quartet

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet won First Prize …

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