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In an isolated Austrian music school in the 1930s, two boys, each struggling with the burden of talent and the curse of obsession, become locked in a complex friendship. The key to their bond lies in the secret of a beautiful, strangely carved violin. As their lives unfold through the most violent decades of this century, the two become companions, rivals, and, inevitably, lethal enemies. With Canone Inverso, Paolo Maurensig delivers a powerful metaphysical thriller, culminating in a devastating finale.


“A brilliant portrait of a nation’s psychosis…Maurensig is a master of the tightly knit tale.”
Merle Rubin, The Wall Street Journal

“Suspenseful and engaging.”
– Michael Frank, Los Angeles Times

“Maurensig unfolds this tale with an elegant, beguiling, meaningful complexity.”
– Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

– Donna Rifkind, Baltimore Sun