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.
Saving Mozartby Raphaël Jerusalmy
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
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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What People are saying about this
"With its sober, sarcastic tone and feverish rhythm, this concerto of a single voice is undeniably a success."
"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."
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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a very moving read - happy and tearful episodes throughout this little gem !