Music of A Life

Music of A Life

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Pursuing a musical career despite the persecution of his performer parents during Stalin's late 1930s reign of terror, young Alexi Berg, on the brink of his first concert, is forced to flee into a violent world when his parents are arrested. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Alexei Berg's father is a well-known dramatist, his mother a famous opera singer. But during Stalin's reign of terror in the 1930s they, like millions of other Russians, come under attack for their presumed lack of political purity. Harassed and proscribed, they have nonetheless, on the eve of Hitler's war, not yet been arrested. And young Alexei, himself a budding classical pianist, has been allowed to continue his musical studies. His first solo concert is scheduled for May 24, 1941.
Two days before the concert, on his way home from his final rehearsal, he espies his parents being arrested and taken from their Moscow apartment. Knowing his own arrest will not be far behind, Alexei escapes to the country house of his fiancee, where again betrayal awaits him. He flees, one step ahead of the dreaded secret police until, taking on the identity of a dead soldier, he enlists in the Soviet army. Thus begins his seemingly endless journey through war and peace, until he lands, two decades later, in a snowbound train station in the Urals, where he relates his harrowing saga to the novel's narrator.

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Pursuing a musical career despite the persecution of his performer parents during Stalin's late 1930s reign of terror, young Alexi Berg is forced to flee into a violent world when his parents are arrested.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by AOL Time Warner Book Group, c2002
Edition: 1st English-language ed
Description: 109 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781559706377
1559706376
Branch Call Number: Maki
Additional Contributors: Strachan, Geoffrey
Makine, Andreï 1957-

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Apr 15, 2011

A fascinating book. Short, easy to read, and very engaging. The main character is unforgetable.

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