Book: Orpheus' Blues by Carlos Rubio
categories: Book, New York Musicians, Cuban American Literature, Greenwich Village, Jazz Clubs, American Music, Jazz
Carlos Rubio about this book: I have always been a frustrated jazz musician, so what better way of becoming a part of that world (at least vicariously) than writing a novel about a jazz musician. What I tried to portray in the book was my love for the music, and the frustrations that any artist endures in the pursuit of his dream. Orpheus' Blues reflects the knowledge and opinions about jazz that I have acquired over the years, combined with my frustrations that I face as a novelist.
The easiest part was coming up with a title, since Orpheus had been taught to play by Apollo himself, and the blues reflects all those difficulties that I mentioned above. It took about three years to write this novel, and I always listened to jazz while I was writing. In other words, I wanted to immerse myself in that world in as much as it was possible while sitting alone in my library. Cover reflects the theme of the book: a saxophone and the skyline of Manhattan at night.
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