Seven stories about moments of divine
revelation through music, which leave no mark beyond the ephemeral instant
of their perception: a teacher whose autistic ward inexplicably writes
down one of the fundamental values of theoretical physics; a librarian
whose dream of the Great Library is reenacted upon her computer screen; a
man who buys a music box that when played provides a glimpse into his
alternative life; an elderly woman that, hearing a hand organ in a train
station, begins to have visions of the death of everyone she encounters; a
retired SETI scientist who, despite having no real interest in art,
suddenly begins to paint a strange first contact signal; a dying professor
who finally has a chance to hear in the form of music the answers to the
ultimate questions; and a violin-maker's apprentice who knows the truth
behind his master's mysterious suicide.
"[...] once again the author has shown his control and mastery over his spare prose, a style entirely appropriate to the quietude of his subject and themes, where silence is as much an element as melody."
"Though it is too soon to crown [Zoran Zivkovic] the new Borges, Seven Touches of Music makes him a leading candidate."
The New York Times Book Review, USA
in the UK (serialization in the magazine Interzone, September,
October, November, December 2001, January and February 2002), in Croatia
by Izvori, 2001, in Bulgaria by Prozorec, 2002, in Spain
by Minotauro, 2004, in the UK by PS Publishing, 2006, as a
part of the mega-collection Impossible Stories, and in the USA by
Aio Publishing, 2006.
Stories from the book published in the USA (The
Year's Best Horror and Fantasy anthology, St. Martin's Griffin,
2003), in Russia (Luchshee Za God anthology,
Azbuka-Klassika, 2005) and in France (UtopiŠ 2006
anthology, L'Atalante, 2006).