Publication date! Carnaval’s title and content were partially inspired by Robert Schumann’s Op 9 aka Carnaval: 21 delightful & cryptic solo piano pieces representing masked revellers at, yes, a Carnival. If you want to know more, then you can read about it here. Music is surely the most abstract of the arts ( I mean: what’s the story?) so it defies anything but a simple attempt to strike up a conversation with the composer if you’re the poor interpreter or listener. In the end, life’s a bit puzzling. Carnaval the novel prefers to celebrate rather than agonise – that’s what I think Schumann felt too. Mischievous, half sad, half happy, but optimistic for the young, till the final page or note… Enjoy the notes and the words!