Grosse Fugue (Paperback)
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Paperback 310 Pages
Published: 11/04/2012
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Grosse Fugue interweaves the sublime and the depraved to create a searing tale of tragedy and reconciliation. This gripping epic charts the journey of a virtuoso violinist from child prodigy, through conscription into the trenches of the First World War, to a life in post-war Austria that is violently interrupted by the Holocaust. Sweeping through London, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Auschwitz and beyond, the novel tracks the fate of Reuben Mendel and his family, played out against the seismic events of the 20th Century. Grosse Fugue is a story of love, loss, identity and the need to make sense of catastrophe. It provocatively examines the legacy of genocide, survivor guilt and the redemptive power of great music.

Publisher: Alliance Publishing Press
ISBN: 9780956999207
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


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"With necessary courage, graceful overstatement, and implausible wit, Grosse Fugue addresses the most difficult questions. What possible meeting ground exists between art and historical horror? Can there be music after Auschwitz? How might a Holocaust survivor offer up his extraordinary gifts after he has lost everything? I am in awe of Ian Phillips." Michael Alec Rose, Composer and Author "Ian Phillip's first novel invites the reader to go on a journey following Ruben Mendell, a gifted Jewish musician, through WW2 and the holocaust and beyond. The beauty of Phillip's prose when detailing the passion of Ruben's musical accomplishments is in stark contrast to his graphic portrayal of the horrors of the holocaust. It is this literary juxtaposition that echoes the human triumph of hope and love over cruelty and despair. As the story unwinds, the reader is both educated (the book is immaculately researched) and moved (tissues compulsory!). As if this isn't enough, Ruben's political solutions will leave you thinking long after you have finished this book. I highly recommend this first novel for anyone who's looking for a more meaty summer read." L Green - 5 stars on Amazon

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“Amazing”

Grosse Fugue is an amazing book. It takes the reader through the journey of Reuben Mendel and the Mendel family with an enormous amount of feeling. A great deal of research has gone into this saga. A fantastic... More

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