Luis Sagasti

A Musical Offering

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Tracing a circular course that echoes Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in Luis Sagasti’s second book to appear in English he takes on the role of Scheherazade to recount us story after story, interwoven in subtle and surprising ways to create a tapestry that vibrates to celestial harmonies. He leads us on a journey from the music born of the sun to the music sent into space on the Voyager mission, from Rothko to rock music, from the composers of the concentration camps to a weeping room for Argentinian conscripts in the Falklands.

A Musical Offering traverses the same shifting sands of fiction and history as the tales of Jorge Luis Borges, while also recalling the ‘constellation’ structure of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. Filled with insight and ideas yet unexpectedly tender and personal, it is a celebration of storytelling, of childhood, and of the transformative power of music.

About the author: Luis Sagasti, a writer, lecturer and art critic, was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in 1963. He graduated in History at the Universidad Nacional del Sur where he now teaches. He has published four novels. His new novel, Una ofrenda musical (A Musical Offering) came out in early 2017.

Fionn Petch is a Scottish translator. He was born in Scotland and lived for long periods in Mexico City and Berlin. He has a doctorate in philosophy from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). As a translator, he has translated fiction, poetry, drama and children's books.

In conversation with Marjorie Gill and the book's translator, Fionn Petch, who will interpret from Spanish