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The Violin of Auschwitz
The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel | Maria Angels Anglada
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An international sensation now available in English for the first time, The Violin of Auschwitz is the unforgettable story of one mans refusal to surrender his dignity in the face of historys greatest atrocity. In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin. . . . Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Treasured memories of the young woman he loved and the prayers that once lingered on his lips become hazier with each passing day. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniels former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. The camps two most dangerous men use this information to make a cruel wager: If Daniel can build a successful violin within a certain number of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the finest burgundy. If not, the camp doctor, a torturer, gets hold of Daniel. And so, battling exhaustion, Daniel tries to recapture his lost art, knowing all too well the likely cost of failure. Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beautyand interspersed with chilling, actual Nazi documentationThe Violin of Auschwitz is more than just a novel: It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity. From the Hardcover edition.
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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'The flames were spent, only ashes remained. Bronislaw always felt despondent when the fire was extinguished...' - Pg 121

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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'He had never wished to leave Sweden, the country that had welcomed him after Auschwitz. Never. One of the marks the camp experience had left on him was a certain phobia, an insecurity that manifested itself as an irrational fear of travel, of leaving the country.' - Pg 113.

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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'His hair now white, in the calm of his own home, he was finally - after so many years of relative peace - able to confront those memories without trembling.' - Pg 111

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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'Delicious food no doubt lay beneath the silver cloches on the white tablecloth. A profusion of flowers, countless bottles of red wine, sparking champagne glasses... as if no concentration camp existed, no war.' - Pg 108.

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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'When tyranny first made its appearance, he had worn the yellow Star of David, unaware that it would become a ticket to death, like the marking on a tree to be axed.' - Pg 26

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jemmahoughton
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada

'I didn't want Regina to have to spend any money; she was an excellent professional musician, but I knew that earning a living through music wasn't easy.' - Pg 7.

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Peaslady
The Auschwitz Violin | Maria Angels Anglada
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Oh dear. Another book club disaster. The writing was at best infantile and at worst trivialising one of history‘s greatest tragedies. There wasn‘t enough here to make a book. It could have made an interesting short story.

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cristiana_de_sousa
The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel | Maria Angels Anglada
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DoraSantosMarques
The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel | Maria Angels Anglada
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⭐⭐ This book was a huge let down

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Mammaletterario
The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel | Maria Angels Anglada
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It was too short! This story gives me a greater appreciation for the sustaining power that music can have. Coupled with love and sheer will to live, Daniel creates a violin infused with the love, determination, hope, passion and even fear that carried him through the most trying time of his life.

MrBook Interesting... 4y
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