The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

by Rose Tremain

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The Gustav Sonata: A Novel by Rose Tremain

Winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction
A poignant tale about the enduring friendship between two men under the shadow of the Second World War.Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend. Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, one who becomes a hotel owner, the other a concert pianist, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime. It is a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354843
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 155,704
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rose Tremain's prize-winning books, including The Road Home, The Gustav Sonata, Merivel, and The American Lover, have been published in thirty countries. Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and member of the Royal Society of Literature, she lives in Norfolk, England with the biographer Richard Holmes.

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Eleanorcowan More than 1 year ago
Once upon a post-war time in Switzerland, a tender, kindergarten friendship is encouraged by an insightful teacher and by two loving parents. Generous love, both personal and anonymous, the willingness to reach out for it, sustain it, and honor it is a soft yellow ribbon running through this page-turner featuring one surprise after another. Human, humane and humanitarian, - this beautifully written novel is an outstanding historical examination of a neutral country during WW2. Eleanor Cowan, Author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife