Blue Self-Portrait

Blue Self-Portrait

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The inner monologue of a woman haunted by German composer Arnold Schoenberg’s
portrait, further to a complex romantic encounter with an American- German pianist composer in Berlin. As the irresistible, impossible narrator flies home she unpicks her social failures while the pianist reaches towards a musical self- portrait with all the resonance of Schoenberg’s passionate, chilling blue. A contemporary novel of angst and high farce, Blue Self- Portrait unfolds among Berlin’s cultural institutions but is more truly located in the mid- air flux between contrary impulses to remember and to ignore. In Blue Self- Portrait Noémi Lefebvre shows how music continues to work on and through us, addressing past trauma while reaching for possible futures.