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Music, Memory, and the Sound of Sacrifice: A Conversation with Mark Helprin

with Mark Helprin

Acclaimed novelist and foreign policy thinker Mark Helprin returns to Liberty Law Talk to discuss his most recent novel, Paris in the Present Tense.

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on November 16, 2017 at 19:13:47 pm

Mr. Helprin says in this interview that aspiring to virtue is man's proper response to the tragedy of life. Helprin's novels attest that virtue is its own reward, but they would seem also to argue that virtue is truth, that truth is beauty and that beauty is consolation for life's tragedy. Out of respect for Keats and deference to the brevity of life one would do well to read asap all of Helprin's novels (and those of Marilynne Robinson.) They constitute contemporary literature's most abundant expressions of the truth of virtue and the beauty of truth.

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on January 28, 2020 at 17:45:26 pm

I came across this podcast trying to research Mr. Helprin's connection to the world of music.
Mark Helprin is a great author - of that there is no doubt. His work is literature, and his heroes are what heroes should be - morally true.
But it is Mr. Helprin's understanding of music.and musicianship that caused me to underline a good portion of his book "Paris in the Present Tense".
As a musician and budding composer, I found Mr. Helprin's descriptions of the essence of music, theory vs. heartfelt composition, and the feeling one has when immersed in the spiritual purity and beauty of music, absolutely correct. No one, in my memory, has been able to transport the reader into the mind and heart of a musician and composer as well as Mr. Helprin has done in "Paris in the Present Tense."
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