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Mephisto Aria e-book

Author:

Justine Saracen

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Genre Fiction

ePub size:

1765 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)

Pages:

264

ISBN:

1602821399

Mephisto Aria e-book

by Justine Saracen


Mephisto Aria centers around Katherina's successful career as a singer and how she . Mephisto Aria is no exception

Mephisto Aria centers around Katherina's successful career as a singer and how she struggles in the aftermath of her father's sudden death. When she discovers a hidden journal among the things he left behind, her life is rocked when everything she thought she knew about her family history comes undone. Saracen's books are always full of detail about the environment, people and history in which a book is set so that the reader feels like she is part of the story. Mephisto Aria is no exception.

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After years of 'professing' at universities and writing for international literary journals, Justine Saracen began creating from the imagination and the heart. Trips to Egypt, Morocco and Palestine inspired the Ibis Prophecy books, which move from Ancient Egyptian theology to the bloodthirsty Christianity of the Crusades. The playful first novel, The 100th Generation, was a finalist in the Queerlit Competition and the Ann Bannon Reader's Choice award.

Currently writing for Bold Strokes Books. Author of "The 100th Generation" "Vulture's Kiss" "Sistine Heresy," "Mephisto Aria," "Sarah, Son of God," "Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright," and "Beloved Gomorrah. Cake or Death" (Eddie Izzard).

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Twelve years of terror end with a world in flames.

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright. Twelve years of terror end with a world in flames. Behind filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s stirring footage of a million joyous patriots, the horror of Nazi Germany unfolds. It engulfs Katja Sommer, a good German who discovers honor in treason; Frederica Brandt, active in the highest circles of power; Rudi Lamm, homosexual camp survivor and forced SS killer; and Peter Arnhelm, a half- Jewish terrorist.

Is the history of a dangerous love affair destined to be repeated? At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina.

Is the history of a dangerous love affair destined to be repeated? At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina Marow is brought crashing down by her father's suicide

Is the history of a dangerous love affair destined to be repeated? At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina Marow is brought crashing down by her father's suicide. Among his effects, she finds his wartime journal and reads the heart-wrenching entries of a soldier in Russia and in war-torn Berlin

At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina Marov is stunned by her father's suicide. Reading his journals, she learns of his dark days as a soldier on the Russian front and in war-torn Berlin. She cannot condone him for his crimes and secrets though, for while she is learning of his demons, she is discovering her own.
kinder
I don't think it was just the pleasure of spending a cozy day inside with fluffy white snow falling outside as a backdrop that made Mephisto Aria such a terrific read. With a storyline steeped in opera and history, Justine Saracen's novel offers up suspense, romance, sincerity and wonderful writing. I am not well-versed in opera, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the world our main character Katherina Marov lives in; if anything it made me want to learn more about Faust and other operas referenced throughout Mephisto.

Mephisto Aria centers around Katherina's successful career as a singer and how she struggles in the aftermath of her father's sudden death. When she discovers a hidden journal among the things he left behind, her life is rocked when everything she thought she knew about her family history comes undone. As she does her best to move on with life and her agent keeps getting her new and bigger roles, she meets people bent on destroying her and people who want to help.

Katherina also falls in love along the way, possibly for the very first time ever, and not knowing what to do in the face of seemingly being rejected, gives herself even more passionately to the music that has always been such a huge part of her life.

One thing that surprised me about Mephisto Aria is how clever and original it is. By having the background focus so strongly on opera the forefront plot (with its diabolical elements) gains a palpable plausibility. Drama is saved from becoming melodrama because Justine Saracen is an amazing writer and because opera is the perfect set-up for everything that goes on. With Faust coming into play how can anything else seem ridiculous? It works beautifully.

Another plus: the novel contains an afterword from the author explaining the history behind her work, making this is a perfect treat for any day, snowy or not!
Llanonte
This book is so much more than the sum of its genres. At its core is a lesbian romance combined with a fast-paced thriller set in Germany and Austria during the cold war era. Anyone who loves opera will find the behind-the-scenes look fascinating, but the descriptions of music are simply amazing. You can practically hear every note. By choosing to look at the impact of WWII through the eyes of the European survivors and their children, Saracen has given us a totally different emotional view of that conflict. An entertaining and thought-provoking read.
Hallolan
Enjoyable read
Tebei
Justine Saracen works her magic once again and proves that an old story can be given a new twist that keeps the story vibrant and interesting. Her concept in Mephisto Aria is based on Faust and the idea of selling your soul to the Devil to get what you want.

Katherina Marow is a rising star in the opera world when she receives word that her father has committed suicide. She returns home, discovers his journal and makes astonishing discoveries about his past. Though she continues her career, she is constantly drawn back to the journal and her father's attempts to resist temptation. Katherina is facing her own temptations in the form of her married co-star Anastasia Ivanova. Katherina's father was destroyed by not being able to resist temptation. Will this be a case of like father, like daughter?

Saracen's books are always full of detail about the environment, people and history in which a book is set so that the reader feels like she is part of the story. Mephisto Aria is no exception. It is apparent that Saracen has spent time in the opera world with the little details she includes that add richness to the scenes. She manages to weave the aspects of the Faust story through the book without completely stealing the plot of the original classic. The underlying theme between Katherina and her father, that someone you think you know might be very different, flirts through the rest of the story giving it a deeper meaning.

Mephisto Aria shows that lesbian fiction can contain very intricate, sophisticated stories, yet tell them in a way that the reader can easily understand. It should provide the reader with some very enjoyable hours of entertainment.
Faegal
I’ve never read anything by Ms. Saracen, and I knew the book was about opera – I had a very difficult time starting this book due to the latter. A wide range of characters each thoughtfully brought to life. Three very wide ranging settings to develop which she did well. Easy to read
VariesWent
Mephisto Aria is a highly intriguing story that combines some of the horrors of WWII and the wonderful world of opera. As a European I'm always interested in its ancient and recent history, and I love the opera. And in the middle of it is Katherina, whose world changes in so many ways.
This novel is beautifully written, and it makes one think . . . and listen to music!

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