The Blind Accordionist

A supposedly long lost collection of fable-like stories supposedly written by the little-known middle European writer Maxim Guyavitch … with a helpful intro and afterword making it hilariously clear that the keyword is “supposedly.”

In the novel WHO’S WHO WHEN EVERYONE IS SOMEONE ELSE, the character “C.D. Rose” (not to be confused with the author C.D. Rose) searches an unnamed middle-European city for the long-lost manuscript of a little-known writer named Maxim Guyavitch. That search was fruitless, but in THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST, “C.D. Rose” has found the manuscript–nine sparkling, fable-like short stories–and he presents them here with an (hilarious) introduction explaining the discovery, and an afterword providing (hilarious) critical commentary on the stories, and what they might reveal about the mysterious Guyavitch.

THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST is another masterful book of world-making by the real C.D. Rose, absorbing in its mix of intelligence and light-heartedness, and its ultimate celebration of literature itself. It is the third novel in the series about “C.D. Rose,” although the reader does not need to have read the previous two books. (The first in the series was THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF LITERARY FAILURE, containing portraits of unsuccessful writers; the second was WHO’S WHO WHEN EVERYONE IS SOMEONE ELSE, in which the author of the DICTIONARY, “C.D. Rose,” searches for the manuscript of his favorite dead writer, Maxim Guyavitch, while on a book tour for the DICTIONARY.)

Like those books, THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST can be read both as a simple but wonderful collection of quirky stories, and as comedy–or as a beautiful and moving elegy on the nobility of writers wanting to be read.


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C. D. ROSE is the author of two previous books, the satirical The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, and the novel Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else. He is also an award-wining short story writer whose work has appeared in Gorse, 3AM, and other publications. He currently teaches at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

“The Blind Accordionist is a collection full of mischief and artistry. It is playful and serious in all the right places, though not necessarily the places the reader might expect. C.D. Rose is a storyteller of real brio and originality.”  — Ronan Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

“In The Blind Accordionist, C.D. Rose shows once more what readers of the previous books in this unique series will already know: that here is one of the most talented writers of his generation, doing what he does best. Playful, wry, witty, understated but packing a real emotional punch, The Blind Accordionist is also great fun. Frankly, about as much fun as it is possible to have with the imagined long-lost manuscript of the equally long-lost Maxim Guyavitch.” – Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs

“Rose writes with wit, playfulness and an impressive knowledge… Rose himself is an author to reckon with, one whom Borges and Max Beerbohm would have admired… We haven’t heard the last of C.D. Rose.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“Mr. Rose is an appealing crank.” —The Wall Street Journal