ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born and raised in South Africa, of first-generation French ancestry and became a Canadian citizen in 1977. Until recently I worked as Medical Advisor to the Government of Canada and remain an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Queen's University, Kingston. From 1988 until 1999 I was Director of Psychiatry at the Ottawa General Hospital and am a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a professional member of the Canadian Author’s Association...
Father, Unknown is a beautifully crafted novel of a family struggling to survive before, during, and after the French revolution. It is a story of courage, devotion, mystery, and betrayal, set against the dramatic backdrop of the harrowing and violent days that accompanied the creation of the Republic under Maximillien Robespierre. Through Francois Mai's powerful gift of description, one almost feels the bite of the guillotine, along with the tragic consequences of the revolution on the French people.
DIAGNOSING GENIUS: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BEETHOVEN
Beethoven’s extraordinary ability to compose great music despite severe health problems, including deafness and depression, has puzzled and inspired. In Diagnosing Genius Francois Mai looks at the relationship between health and creativity to show how the composer was able to transcend physical and emotional torment to produce some of the most beautiful music in Western Culture.
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