Glenn Gould

A Life Off Tempo

Sandrine Revel

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach.

This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician? Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger? Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world's leading orchestras.

EISNER AWARD Nominee Best Reality Based Work
Nominated for YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2018


"Surprising and often touching."
-National Post (Canada)

"9 out of 10. The comic is beautifully structured and a fascinating look at one of Canada's most distinguished musicians."
-Sequential Tart

"Thoughtful and wonderfully put together, worth picking up for every reader—Gould fan or not."
-Vue Weekly

"Adds a new dimension for those already familiar with the man, and for newcomers, a perfect introduction."

" Hums along in pace with its virtuoso subject."
-Toronto Globe & Mail

"Striking work, indeed!"

"Impassioned, enchanting and marvellously moving, this enigmatic engagement with a singular creative individual is a fabulous treat for lovers of comics and music and will stay for all time in your head like a favourite tune."
-Now Read This!

"Revel's stunning artwork makes this book, timed to commemorate what would have been Gould's 85th birthday, a worthy new biography."
-Publishers Weekly

8.5x 11, 136pp., full-color hardcover, $25.99
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