Gustav Mahler was 29 years old when he conducted his first symphony, “The Titan,” in Budapest on November 20, 1889. The performance was one of the biggest “disasters” of his career and it came on the heels of another catastrophe: an adulterous love affair with the wife of his patron, Maria von Weber. Mahler’s Lament is an elaborate and multi-layered portrayal of one of the world’s greatest composers at this turbulent point in his life. Mahler is depicted as a morally ambivalent man who is forever reflecting on mortality and failure. It is the first ever historical fiction of his scandalous love affair.
Written with grace and intelligence, this book brings to life the soul of a young genius.
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