The Sonata of Icarus Author:Jurgis Gliauda (from the cover) — Good fictional biography is rare and "The Sonata of Icarus" is one of those rare occasions. It delves deeply into the innermost being of one of the greatest artists of Lithuania, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciulionis (1875-1911), a composer and a painter, and a master in both worlds. — "The Sonata of Icarus" at first startles the re... more »ader accustomed to the usual fictional technique, but then he is attracted and he ends by being entranced. There is a delicious air of the baroque about this novel, and there is an echo of a world gone by. There are love affairs here in the grand manner, with the aroma of a sorrowful eternity hovering over them.
The minor characters are all happening in their own way. This is especially true of Aguna and Izis, who bear the pangs and ecstasies of love in a way that will hold the rapt attention of many readers. But the chief character, of course, is Ciurlionis. He is not a mere painter, he is a composer-painter, or a painter-composer, if you will. The love of painting has given his art a new lofty dimension. "painting has become the spur inciting me to embrace new life, whereas in music I find only a quest for precision, specialization and self-instruction.
Altogether, "The Sonata of Icarus" offers a novel experience in fiction reading. It is adult, it is fresh, it is filled with arresting apercus; its men and women breathe and leap across the pages--and there emerges a person and an artistic philosophy that the world must reckon with.« less