Robert Frobisher

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Fictional composer from the 2004 novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, a series of six nested narratives.

Letters from Zedelghem Zedelgem, Belgium, 1931. Robert Frobisher, a penniless young English musician, finds work as an amanuensis to a composer living in Belgium. This story is saved in the form of letters to his friend (and implied lover) Rufus Sixsmith, which the next character discovers after meeting Sixsmith.


Letters from Zedelghem sees Robert Frobisher compose the Cloud Atlas Sextet, which consists of six nested solos arranged in the same manner as the narratives in Cloud Atlas. Mitchell has noted that the characters Robert Frobisher and Vyvyan Ayrs were inspired by Eric Fenby and Frederick Delius (Fenby was an amanuensis to the great English composer).<ref name="WashingtonPost" /> In additon, the daughter of Ayrs appears in Black Swan Green as an elderly woman befriended by the main character.