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Anna Enquist


Translated for the first time into English, this stunning novel, accented by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, tells a powerful tale about motherhood and loss.

Following the death of her daughter, a bereaved pianist immerses herself in Bach’s Goldberg Variations. As the woman perfects the complex musical architecture of Bach’s own study in grief, memories of her past unfold.

Acclaimed novelist Anna Enquist skillfully counterpoints the different mood and pace of each variation with the varying moods and textures of the woman’s memories.

Counterpoint is a journey of loss and longing, rage and despair, which ultimately affirms the beauty of music, family and maternal love.


Longlisted – 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


Praise for Counterpoint:

A deeply moving story of memory and mourning, all the more moving because grief for the lost child is strictly contained in the template provided by the music of Bach. J. M. COETZEE

Musicians, pianists and music lovers in general will find Enquist’s deep consideration of this work and her daughter, accessible, poignant and intriguing. THE COURIER MAIL


Book details

FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 192 pages
SIZE: 235 x 155 mm
ISBN: 9781921401602
RIGHTS: Australia and New Zealand
CATEGORY: Anna EnquistBook Club BooksFictionJeannette K Ringold,