Reza's style is simple and unadorned and she uses dialogue to good effect, as one might expect from a notable playwright. She approaches philosophical ideas through concrete, sharply delineated events, objects, and words.
Each of the vignettes, though short, is a complete story in itself, which makes for easy reading. And, though they are not ordered chronologically and are only loosely connected, they work together to produce a pointillist self-portrait. Hammerklavier is a slender but powerful novel.
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