The Lost Pianos of Siberia: In search of Russia's remarkable survivors (Hardback)
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The Lost Pianos of Siberia: In search of Russia's remarkable survivors (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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'An extraordinary, cadenced journey into music, exile and landscape.' EDMUND DE WAAL 'An elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this book.' PAUL THEROUX _______________ Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos - grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, and humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos travelled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. That stately instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle. But this is Siberia, where people can endure the worst of the world - and where music reveals a deep humanity in the last place on earth you would expect to find it. _______________ 'A masterpiece of modern travel literature with words that sing from its pages. A definitive exploration of Russia's wild east.' Levison Wood

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857524942
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is an amazing journey, the ultimate quest for the oddest objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But Sophy Roberts makes it much more than that, an elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this book." * Paul Theroux *
"A masterpiece of modern travel literature with words that sing from its pages. A definitive exploration of Russia's wild east." * Levison Wood *
"Utterly fascinating and revealing to anyone who only knows Siberia through its Great Myth as a forgotten, frozen Nowhere." * Christopher Somerville *

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