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Music of a Life
Author: Andre Makine

ISBN: 9781611457209
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 1 February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.7 x 1.0
Description:
A brief but extraordinarily powerful novel by the author of "Dreams of My Russian Summers" and" Requiem for a Lost Empire," "Music of a Life" is set in the period just before, and two decades after, World War II.Alexei Berg s father is a well-known dramatist, his mother a famous opera singer. But during Stalin s reign of terror in the 1930s they, like millions of other Russians, come under attack for their presumed lack of political purity. Harassed and proscribed, they have nonetheless, on the eve of Hitler s war, not yet been arrested. And young Alexei himself, a budding classical pianist, has been allowed to continue his musical studies. His first solo concert is scheduled for May 24, 1941. Two days before the concert, on his way home from his final rehearsal, he sees his parents being arrested, taken from their Moscow apartment. Knowing his own arrest will not be far behind, Alexei flees to the country house of his fiancee, where again betrayal awaits him. He flees, one step ahead of the dreaded secret police until, taking on the identity of a dead soldier, he enlists in the Soviet army. Thus begins his seemingly endless journey, through war and peace, until he lands, two d...

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