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  • MacLehose Press
  • Maclehose Press


Alissa Walser

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Austria, Western "classical" music, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Fiction in translation, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

A luminous, sensual tale of an episode in the lives of Franz Anton Mesmer and a blind musical prodigy.

Mozart's Vienna. A crucible for scientific experimentation and courtly intrigue, as Europe's finest minds vie for imperial favour. In a chaotic private hospital that echoes with the shrieks of hysterical patients, Franz Anton Mesmer is developing a series of controversial cure-alls for body and mind.

When asked to help restore the sight of a blind musical prodigy sponsored by the Empress herself, he senses that fame, even immortality, is within his grasp. But what if the girl's blindness is the source of her fragile talent? Mesmer knows he cannot treat her without first gaining her trust: with his methods already the subject of salacious gossip, will their intimacy result in scandal?

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Alissa Walser

Alissa Walser is a writer, translator and painter living in Frankfurt am Main. She is the author of three volumes of short stories, and for her first novel Mesmerized she was awarded the Spycher Literaturpreis in 2010.

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