Description: 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 Noemi Lefebvre shows how music continues to work on and through us, addressing past trauma while reaching for possible futures.
Review: " ... something of the art of Cluny lace in L'autoportrait bleu. Noemi Lefebvre's devilishly virtuose writing, which also evokes contrapunctual music. Rare are the authors who succeed in giving their work a musical scope that really works. " Le Figaro litteraire,10 best debut novels of 2009
Author Biography: Noemi Lefebvre was born in 1964 in Caen, and now lives in Lyon, France. After studying music and completing a degree focused on music education and national identity in Germany and France, she became a political scientist at CERAT de Grenoble II Institute. She is the author of three novels, all of which have garnered intense critical success: her debut novel L'Autoportrait bleu (2009), L'etat des sentiment a l'age adulte (2012) and L'enfance politique (2015). She is a regular contributor to the independent media Mediapart.
Promotional Information: Sophie Lewis is a literary editor and translator from French and Portuguese into English. While Senior Editor at fiction publisher And Other Stories, she edited authors both writing in English and in translation, including Deborah Levy, Lina Wolff and Juan Pablo Villalobos. She has translated Stendhal, Jules Verne, Marcel Ayme, Violette Leduc, Emmanuelle Pagano and Joao Gilberto Noll, among others.