Saving Mozart

Saving Mozart

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by Raphaël Jerusalmy
     
 

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Raphaël Jerusalmy’s debut novel takes the form of the journal of Otto J. Steiner, a former music critic of Jewish descent suffering from tuberculosis in a Salzburg sanatorium in 1939. Drained by his illness and isolated in the gloomy sanatorium, Steiner finds solace only in music. He is horrified to learn that the Nazis’ are transforming a Mozart…  See more details below

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Raphaël Jerusalmy’s debut novel takes the form of the journal of Otto J. Steiner, a former music critic of Jewish descent suffering from tuberculosis in a Salzburg sanatorium in 1939. Drained by his illness and isolated in the gloomy sanatorium, Steiner finds solace only in music. He is horrified to learn that the Nazis’ are transforming a Mozart festival into a fascist event. Steiner feels helpless at first, but an invitation from a friend presents him with an opportunity to fight back. Under the guise of organizing a concert for Nazi officials, Steiner formulates a plan to save Mozart that could dramatically change the course of the war.

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To music-lovers today, nothing would seem more incongruent than peddling Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a proto-fascist, but that is exactly what Hitler and his underlings did in their heyday. Saving Mozart takes us into this bizarre time via the fictitious journal of Otto Steiner, a former music critic who is presently an inmate of a Salzburg tuberculosis clinic. Steiner has two reasons to especially abhor German plans to transform a Mozart festival into a Nazi propaganda feast: He has long admired the composer and he is a Jew. Steiner's heroic resolve to undermine this manipulative campaign becomes the subject of this gripping debut novel by Tel Aviv used book dealer Raphaël Jerusalmy. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609451585
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
687,749
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"With its sober, sarcastic tone and feverish rhythm, this concerto of a single voice is undeniably a success."
L'Express

"If we can imagine a part of the contents [of the intimate journal kept by Steiner], in direct relation to the somber reality of the period, it does not reserve fewer considerable surprises that situate it well beyond a simple chronicle of the time."
L'Humanité

Meet the Author

Raphaël Jerusalmy is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne, has made a career in the Israeli military intelligence before conducting humanitarian operations and education. He is now old book dealer in Tel Aviv. Saving Mozart is his first novel.

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Saving Mozart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
citySF More than 1 year ago
a very moving read - happy and tearful episodes throughout this little gem !