Celebrated author and Stanford University professor Richard Powers (The Echo Maker
) joins Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master's Son
) for this conversation about Powers' latest novel, Orfeo
. Inspired by the myth of Orpheus, Orfeo
centers around Peter Els, a talented composer who opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab, the latest step in the lifelong journey to find music in natural patterns, has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. As internet-fueled hysteria erupts, the now fugitive Els -- the "Bioterrorist Bach" -- pays a final visit to the people he loves, who help him hatch a plan to turn this disastrous turn of events into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them.
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