A comic ‘folk play’ with a classical music base, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz follows a farm wife, a carpenter, a midwife, and a musician as they struggle to find fulfillment of their seemingly impossible wantings, drawing on the means at hand on a homestead removed from the stifling customs of the village.
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“Armin Wiebe does for Gutenthal… what Stephen Leacock did for Mariposa and its inhabitants. The results are similarly uproarious and touching, side-splittingly anarchic and wistful.” —CM Magazine
About the Author
Armin Wiebe is the author of four novels set in the fictional Mennonite community of Gutenthal: The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal, The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst, and Grandmother, Laughing. His novel Tatsea won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. He’s also the author of a stage play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz. Wiebe taught creative writing at Red River College, and has served on the boards of Prairie Fire magazine, Rhubarb magazine, The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, and on the National Council of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He is a member of The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, The Writers’ Union of Canada, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. Armin lives in Winnipeg.