The title of this book alludes to two German operas by Franz Schreker. The Distant Sound (1912) was about a romantic composer's quest for inspiration at the expense of personal responsibility and relationships. The Singing Devil (1928) was set in a medieval world of monks and rebellious pagan tribespeople; it featured a great monastic organ that frightens the pagan rebels into submission, whereupon they are massacred by the monks. ... Read more
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