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NEPHEW TO THE EMPEROR by Jacques Brenner



Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1959
Publisher: World

A Novel based on the Life of Beethoven""- this is translated from the French, by Marguerite Waldman, and is a fictional interpretation of the life that Karl van Beethoven led with his famous uncle in which Karl, in speaking for himself, portrays many facets of the aging, deaf Ludwig. From his uncle's distrust of his mother, to his efforts to gain control of his brother's son, Karl follows the constant changes -- in places to live, in schools, tutoring, in all the emotional climates that the ""Emperor"" provoked; from the possessive love to the frigid rejection, from the imperious demands to the tender understanding; through all the written messages to the jealous aberrations; from the paternal appeals to the rages of genius --all of which led to Karl's attempt at suicide. Then a sort of understanding when Karl went into the army was resolved at Beethoven's death when Karl was left sole heir. A fragment that incorporates much of Beethoven's music, this has a special interest for the knowledgeable and offers a psychological panel for the general reader.