By Ian Phillips
Published by Alliance Publishing Press
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Published: May 25, 2012
Words: 94,401 (approximate)
On one side, the genius of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert. On the other, depravity at its worst: hounding of innocents, appalling transports, death camps. Stuck in a grey world between: Reuben Mendel, musician, sage, survivor. This searing and compelling narrative confronts the legacy of genocide, survivor guilt and the redemptive power of great music.
Grosse Fugue interweaves the sublime and the depraved to create a searing tale of tragedy and reconciliation.
This gripping epic charts the journey of a virtuoso violinist from child prodigy, through conscription into the trenches of the First World War, to a life in post-war Austria that is violently interrupted by the Holocaust.
Sweeping through London, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Auschwitz and beyond, the novel tracks the fate of Reuben Mendel and his family, played out against the seismic events of the 20th Century.
Grosse Fugue is a story of love, loss, identity and the need to make sense of catastrophe. It provocatively examines the legacy of genocide, survivor guilt and the redemptive power of great music.
world war 2
, literary fiction
, world war 1
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Grosse Fugue Local Launch Speech by Ian Phillips
The author, Ian Phillips', speech at the local launch of 'Grosse Fugue' at Waterstones Hampstead on Thursday 3rd May 2012. 'Grosse Fugue' is published by Alliance Publishing Press (http://alliancepublishingpress.com )
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