is a novel by American horror
writer Anne Rice
, released on 15 October 1997. It moves away from her previous stories about vampires
to tell a ghost story
The book is set in numerous places, including Vienna
, New Orleans
and Rio de Janeiro
. The novel tells the story of three people: a middle aged woman yearning to become a musician
, a ghostly violinist
, and the ghost of Beethoven
The story begins with Triana, who apparently becomes insane due to the death of her second husband, Karl, who had AIDS
. Her first husband was Lev, with whom Triana had a daughter. Stefan, the ghost, appears the day Karl dies and plays his Stradivarius (s long Strad) (apparently also a ghost). Triana secludes herself in her house for several days without informing anyone of Karl's death.
Through the course of the book we learn the story of both Triana and Stefan. Stefan takes Triana in a travel through time, visiting scenes from his life and his afterlife in an attempt to reclaim his violin, which had been taken by Triana. Stefan had many mentors including Beethoven
, but it is Beethoven
whom Stefan cherished the most. After Stefan's story is "told" Triana returns to her rightful time but not to New Orleans where the story began but to Vienna, and now seemingly possessing a talent to improvise in the violin.
We see the ghost of this great musician about two times in the novel, the first one in a scene where Stefan's house in Vienna is burning,... Read More