Perović’s Incidental Music

There’s a line in Lydia Perović’s new novel Incidental Music that has so far stayed with me like a motif.

Incidental MusicRoughly a quarter of the way into the book, Petra & Martha, two of the main characters start chatting, having made incidental acquaintance at a party.  While their ethnicities might be different, there’s no reason for that to be an impediment.

Martha makes the classic self-deprecatory remark, so typical of a representative of the white anglo middle class, negativity that is contagious.

Petra sees it differently however, bringing a faith in something more transcendent –or illusory—to the moment, when she replies.

Well then maybe you’ve created an island here in your home.  A refuge for the sect called the Lovers of the Art of Conversation.

It’s a wonderful moment, one of several that capture Toronto bourgeois life.  But it stayed with me because it reminded me so much of Lydia Perović herself.

I just had the pleasure of meeting her c/o the COC’s great podcast #6.

Our chemistry (between myself, John Gilks, Gianmarco Segato, plus Lydia Perović) on this occasion was different, fluid, laughing, ebullient, and I have to think the catalyst was the High Priestess of the sect called Lovers of the Art of Conversation.

And if there isn’t such a sect, there ought to be.

I have just devoured the first chunk of  Incidental Music like a good meal, sad to go to bed and leave that world behind, but glad to know I’ll resume reading tonight.  I’m very happy with what I’ve read so far.

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2 Responses to Perović’s Incidental Music

  1. There was something very special about recording that podcast. I like the idea of Lydia as a High Priestess but I’d prefer it if she didn’t bring the snakes to recording sessions.

  2. I’ll see what I can do. Furies, lie low! *adjusting the toga, exiting dramatically stage left*

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