Frozen Little Tombstones

From Matt Cohen, “The Zeidman Effect” (1985; later published in Living on Water [1988]) in relation to a concert pianist past his prime:

Nathan Zeidman, the astonishing piano player who, after five years of mediocre performances in festivals, had suddenly won prizes in half a dozen competitions and played like a meteorite plunging inspirationally into oblivion… What a farce it was that Nathan Zeibman, the wunderkind who had collapsed, was now relentlessly touring the provincial capitals of his native land, trying to capitalize on a reputation he had ceased to deserve decades ago…

Zeidman felt again the sensations which had gripped him when the notes suddenly disappeared from his fingers…

…Zeidman, plodding along, with his fingers feeling like frozen little tombstones…

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