Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Kate Mosse's Sepulche signed

Kate Mosse author of Labyrinth ($15) Is signing her new book Sepulchre ($26) with us on April 09. Mosse embraces history in her “fragments tossed by the tide.” Her inspiration is the poem Sépulture by Charles Baudelaire and the fragments in a tale that moves back and forth from 1891 to 2007 include composer Claude Debussy, the Vernier Tarot, the landscape of Rennes-les-Bains, not far from Rennes-le-Chateau (and the demon Asmodeus) highlighted in Dan Brown’s work. The lovely and innocent young Leonie, her enigmatic brother, Anatole, and her beautiful and frankly notorious widowed mother Marguerite, mistress of a general, a riot at the Paris premiere of Lohengrin staged by French nationalists still angered by the Franco-Prussian war, a syphilitic Victor Constant, and a vaster cast and panorama. It all devolves upon Meredith Martin, a modern woman seeking the key to her own complex legacy by researching a biography of Debussy. A big, leisurely, rich read.

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