Marie O'Rourke reviews 'Music and Freedom' by Zoë Morrison

Marie O'Rourke reviews 'Music and Freedom' by Zoë Morrison

Music and Freedom

by Zoë Morrison

Vintage Books $32.99 pb, 345 pp, 9781925324204

Resurrection being the concept underpinning Music and Freedom, fittingly the performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto – which marked the composer's return from a four-year bout of depression – is the structural core of this powerful first novel. The concerto's ominous opening chords, aching second movement, and confident yet unsettled finale reverberate through Zoë Morrison's narrative as she explores the complexities of life, love, music, and memory.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383
Marie O'Rourke

Marie O'Rourke

Marie O’Rourke is a West Australian creative writer and PhD candidate from Curtin University. Investigating the quirks of memory, her current creative work-in-progress is a collection of lyric essays pushing the boundaries of post-postmodern memoir. Marie’s creative and critical work has been published in Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir (Routledge, 2018), Meniscus, TEXT Journal, New Writing, a/b: Auto/biography Studies, and Westerly.

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