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Elegant and evocative, The Song of Names is poised to take its place among the most moving works of Holocaust literature. Lebrecht's story centers on the friendship of two Jewish boys who grow up together in London in the years before, during, and after World War II. Martin is the son of a successful music publisher and concert producer; Dovidl is a Polish violin prodigy whose father brings him to England to hone his talent. Soon after he arrives in London, Dovidl's father must return to Poland, and Martin's family takes Dovidl in.
As Martin prepares to follow in his father's administrative footsteps and Dovidl advances toward near-certain stardom in the music world, Martin regards his friend with both adoration and jealousy; his parents are deeply devoted to the young violinist, too. But when Dovidl fails to show up for his much-anticipated concert debut, his disappearance becomes a mystery that will haunt Martin for years.
The Song of Names is as rich and multilayered as a world-class symphony. Strains of Jewish history and culture blend with descriptions of war-torn London and intriguing revelations about the classical music industry, creating a world both unique and engrossing. Though this is Lebrecht's first foray into fiction, it's a performance as glorious as Dovidl's debut was meant to be. (Winter/Spring 2004 Selection)