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In Appassionata, due out from Other Press in May, Eva Hoffman creates a world where passion, politics, and art intersect, with dire consequences. Isabel Merton is a renowned concert pianist whose performances are marked by a sublime intensity. Away from her New York home on a European tour, Isabel meets a Chechen political exile, driven by a bitter sense of injustice and a powerful desire to avenge his people. As their paths cross in several cities, they are drawn to each other both by their differences and their seemingly parallel passions--until a menacing incident forces her to reevaluate his actions and her own feelings, and throws her into a creative crisis.

Author of the memoir Lost in Translation and Shtetl, Eva Hoffman grew up in Krakow, Poland, before emigrating to Canada in her teens. Her literary awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Publication:World Literature Today
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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