makes use of crucial and characteristic themes from some of my recent
works. It constitutes the conclusion of a creative period which led me
from Trauerfarbenes Land to Valse Boston, and with it I take leave of an
unusual epoch in which I experienced contradictions, doubts, great
losses, and novel and unfamiliar feelings and emotions...Although I have
prefaced this work with words from the Bible -- what I write is true.
God knows I am not lying -- I am fully aware of the fact that honesty is
not, by any stretch of the imagination, necessarily indicative of