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Our name, Pale Fire, was taken from Nabokov’s book-length poem published in 1962. Nabokov borrowed the title from Shakespeare — “The moon’s an arrant thief, and her pale fire she snatches from the sun” — fashioning with it a bold literary experiment steeped in centuries of tradition.
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on May 09, 2012 :
This story based on the lives of Margit Wolf, a Hungarian ballerina, and Pasquale Frustaci, an Italian composer and eventually their son Cesare Frustaci, absolutely amazing! It shouldn’t be a surprise I suppose that Margit Wolf was as strong a woman as she was based just on the fact that she was a ballerina which, I think, is one of the most disciplined of the arts… but the horrors she, and so many others, had to endure are beyond comprehension! The love she felt for Pasquale, deserved or not, was incredible. I honestly can’t do justice to the descriptions throughout this book of her love of dance…it was her breath, gave her life…and then husband and wife having to deal with all the huge political changes happening around them and how Margit pushed forward through the most horrific things any person should ever have to see in any lifetime, feeling she had to get, at least, her son back to her husband after being forcibly separated, hoping this would keep her little boy safe! The sheer force of will this took in the face of such hatred toward Jews at that time is awe-inspiring!
At the end of the book are a couple things written by Margit and Pasquale’s son, Cesare, which are wonderful and heartfelt! I would love to hear him speak one day!
This is a beautifully written emotional book and I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)