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Martin Simmonds’ father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.

In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.

Synopsis:

The close friendship between Martin Simmonds and violin prodigy Dovidl Rappoport, two Jewish boys living in London between the 1930s and the end of World War II, is threatened by the unexpected disappearance of Dovidl on the eve of his debut performance. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Original. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read modern commentators on music, culture, and politics. His Wednesday column in the (London) Evening Standard and on the internet has been described as “required reading”. His BBC Radio 3 show, “Lebrecht Live”, attracts web-listeners from Buenos Aires to Budapest. His many books include The Maestro Myth, When the Music Stops, Mahler Remembered, and Covent Garden: The Untold Story. The Song of Names is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429384
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Lebrecht, Norman
Author:
Norman Lebrecht
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
London
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Violinists
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040210
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
311

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"Synopsis" by , The close friendship between Martin Simmonds and violin prodigy Dovidl Rappoport, two Jewish boys living in London between the 1930s and the end of World War II, is threatened by the unexpected disappearance of Dovidl on the eve of his debut performance. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Original. 35,000 first printing.
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