The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher

The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher


The Emperor Waltz’ is a single novel with three narrative strands: fourth-century Rome, 1920s Germany, and 1980s London. In each place, a small coterie is closely connected and separated from the larger world. In each story, the larger world regards the small coterie and its passionately-held beliefs and secrets with suspicion and hostility.

It is the story of eccentricity, its struggle, its triumph, its influence – but also its defeat.





  • ‘A novel that is always a joy to read … Read it and allow yourself to become a better person’ Independent
  • ‘A glittering performance … “The Emperor Waltz” has the depth and pleasurable density of a 19th-century fiction; I loved it’ Ian Thomson, Evening Standard
  • ‘Splendidly thought out and extraordinarily readable’ A S Byatt, Guardian
  • Details

    Imprint: 4th Estate

    Publication Date: May 2015

    ISBN:  9780007459599

    Pages: 624

    Type: Paperback

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