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Book Title: Scherzo: A Venetian Entertainment|
The author of the book: Jim Williams
Date of issue: August 1st 1999
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ISBN 13: 9780684840123
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Jim Williams' Scherzo takes us to the city of gondolas and masks in its most decadent period, to an 18th-century never-never land where dates and identities blur. Castrated as a boy to preserve his soprano voice for the church, Lodovico survives by singing, whoring and his wits. With a visiting French philosopher going by the name of Arouet, Lodovico finds the stabbed and disembowelled body of his employer's rival Signor Molin hanging from a bridge. Lodovico's troubles do not end there. He is pursued by Jesuit conspirators and a jealous madman obsessed with a blue velvet suit Lodovico has borrowed from his gigolo friend Giacomo (as with Arouet, Williams makes us guess at Giacomo's true identity).
As he shares in Arouet's investigation of the murder, Lodovico matches wits with the sharpest minds of his time and proves considerably more than the Watson-like narrator he at first appears. Williams has produced one of the more decorative historical thrillers of recent years and at the same time interestingly subverts the whole genre. After all, "scherzo" means "joke", and there are deep levels at which this is not a wholly serious book--"the solution to a mystery is not like the goal of a journey, and that it is the journey not the destination which enlightens us". The games intrinsic to thrillers are played with delicious frivolity. And yet, what is serious is the touching portrait of the vulnerable narrator Lodovico who gradually acquires self-respect amid the threats and contempt of his social superiors.
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Read information about the authorJim Williams first hit the news when his early novels had the uncanny knack of coming true. The Hitler Diaries was published nine months before the celebrated forgery came out in 1983. Farewell to Russia dealt with a nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union months before the Chernobyl disaster. Lara's Child, his sequel to Doctor Zhivago, provoked an international literary scandal and led to his being a guest speaker at the Cheltenham Festival. Scherzo, a witty and elegant mystery set in eighteenth century Venice, was nominated for the Booker Prize. All of his fiction has been published internationally. Tango in Madeira is his eleventh novel.
From the author:
I was born in Oldham, England, the son of a coal miner and a cotton mill worker and grew up in circumstances that would today be considered poor. However I had loving parents and benefitted from a good education.
I have a degree in law and sociology and speak French, German and Spanish and have a smattering of other languages. Since 1970 I've been a qualified barrister, though I no longer practice. I am a Fellow of the Indian Society of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the founder and a fellow of the Institute of Applied Charlatanry. One of these qualifications is entirely worthless and I leave you to guess which.
The most important fact in my life is that I have had a long and loving marriage to a wonderful wife, and my grown-up family still gather with us most Sundays for a family dinner.
I seem to have a happy, easy-going nature and I take a great deal of pleasure in ordinary things such as walking or gardening. My wife and I enjoy theatre, ballet, opera, paintings and dancing at every possible opportunity.
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