BOMAN DESAI signing and discussing TRIO a novel of the Schumanns and Brahms. Listed by Kirkus magazine among their Best Books of 2016, the novel was later adapted into the opera Clara.
The trio comprises three musical geniuses: Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Though grounded in fact, the book unfolds like a novel, a narrative of love, insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war, and of course music.
Desai writes that Trio “is neither wholly a novel nor wholly a biography. It has the dramatic impact of a novel, but lacks a novel's concision - and, while it may be as inclusive as any biography, I have invented dialogues, streams of consciousness, and adopted other such novelistic techniques. Much of the dialogue was lifted directly from the correspondence on the assumption that conversation is more dramatic than correspondence. Other letters I transcribed into the very scenes they described on the same assumption. I wrote what I knew, I researched what I didn't know, and I imagined what could not be researched.”
Boman Desai was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), but has lived his adult life in Chicago. After studying Architecture and Philosophy, and getting degrees in Psychology and English, he was set to become a market analyst when a chance encounter with Sir Edmund Hillary, his earliest hero, brought him back to his vocation: writing novels. He has taught fiction at Truman College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Southern Maine. He is also an amateur musician and songwriter.