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The Song Before It Is Sung: A Novel
     

The Song Before It Is Sung: A Novel

by Justin Cartwright
 

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On July 20, 1944, Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. He found the main conspirators, and quickly had them strung up on meat hooks. Axel, Count von Gottberg, was one of those hanged by Hitler. Sixty years later, Conrad Senior, a former student of one of Axel's most trusted friends, comes across some of Axel's personal letters and is immediately

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On July 20, 1944, Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. He found the main conspirators, and quickly had them strung up on meat hooks. Axel, Count von Gottberg, was one of those hanged by Hitler. Sixty years later, Conrad Senior, a former student of one of Axel's most trusted friends, comes across some of Axel's personal letters and is immediately drawn into a dangerous web of jealousy, passion, and betrayal. The more he scrambles to uncover the truth, the more complex he finds the relationship between the two friends. Wonderfully written-and based on true events-The Song Before It is Sung is a novel of profound and sensitive insight into the human condition, surpassing all Cartwright's previous works in its scope and ambition.

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“Run, don't walk to your local library or bookstore and procure The Song Before It Is Sung. It is excellent….A wonderful, enviable work.” —Boston Globe

“A quiet masterpiece. Cartwright has written that rare thing, a novel of ideas intricately and propulsively plotted, deeply humane, elegantly readable.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A thought-provoking….at times heartbreaking roman-a-clef…” —The Denver Post

“Mr. Cartwright's impressive achievement lies in his ability to penetrate beyond easy moral certitudes, to evoke the recent past and, not least, to make the reader understand just how much was at stake back then.” —Wall St. Journal

“Considered by many to rank up there with Ian McEwan among contemporary British novelists, Cartwright hasn't had a lot of success in the States. His new novel, which details the life of one of the German conspirators sentenced to death for plotting Hitler's assassination, may change that.” —Time Out Chicago

“This tour de force explores the ‘paper-thin divide between idealism and delusion,' while resonating on many levels.” —Library Journal

“…darkly effective….greatly entice readers' interest on political, historical, and intellectual levels.” —Booklist, Starred review

“magnificent….this novel surely places Cartwright in the company of the finest English novelists at work today.” —Seattle Times

“This is a deeply moving and well-researched work from a first-class writer.” —Washington Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596919723
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
792 KB

Meet the Author

Justin Cartwright is the author of In Every Face I Meet, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, Leading the Cheers, which won the Whitbread, and White Lightning, which was short-listed for the 2002 Whitbread. He was born in South Africa, and now lives in London.
Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award, The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize, The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water, Other People's Money, winner of the Spears Novel of the Year, Lion Heart and, most recently, the acclaimed Up Against the Night. Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London.

@justincartwrig1

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