Book: Pyotr Ilyich by Adin Daltoncategories: Book, Music, Composer, Homosexual, Russia, Opera, Ballet, Gay, Petipa, Nutcracker, Piano, Tchaikovsky
Adin Daltonabout this book: The writing of my novel, Pyotr Ilyich (the first and middle name of the nineteenth-century composer Tchaikovsky) was an eight year endeavor. When I learned how the circumstances of his death are a mystery to this day, I became obsessed with the subject and started researching his life. The story I discovered was astonishing, and I felt it would be best shared in a fictionalized format so that the reader could be a proverbial fly on the wall. His life is an intriguing one, immersed as he was in the opera, concert hall, and ballet world of Tsarist Russia.
Tchaikovsky's homosexuality was problematic, living as he did in the conservative Victorian era. As the author, I dealt with this straight-on, without any apologies or timidity. In that respect, my book would be best appreciated by readers sixteen years or older.
The most difficult sections to write were the chapters were Pyotr was ill or suffering. I had such a personal connection to him that I felt it wholeheartedly and would often have to delay the writing until the following day when I felt calmer.
Although the story is about a composer, it is really just a human story, one easily relatable by all. And the stunning ending should satisfy even the most prolific readers.
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