Simon Tedeschi     Recommended by    

Known primarily as a concert pianist, Simon Tedeschi has written for publications across Australia. You may also remember him from the 1996 movieĀ Shine, where he played the hands of the pianist David Helfgott.

In 1917, a young composer writes a suite of twenty pieces for piano. Each pass by like a gust of wind. They are short, violent and strange – the music of another world. In 1938, a young Jewish family flees Italy for Sydney, Australia. In 1942, another family, this time Polish, is nearly destroyed. Half a century later, a young man begins to understand the role the young composer’s strange visions have played in everything that came before him and all that has come to be.

In his first book, Simon Tedeschi applies elements – from history, memory and the body of the musician – to make a remarkable work of imagination and fractal beauty. He straddles the borders of poetry and prose, fiction and fact, trauma and testimony. Fugitive is filled with what Russian poet Konstantin Balmont called ‘the fickle play of rainbows‘.

When he is not writing or practising, Tedeschi reads books and drinks coffee. He and his wife, the painter Loribelle Spirovski (of the striking cover art), live in Sydney, Australia with their cat.


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