The Song of Names (Paperback)

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Martin Simmonds’ father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.

In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.

About the Author


NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as muscurrently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as music columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radiic columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radio 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He o 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He is the author of several books which have been translated inis the author of several books which have been translated into fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbreadto fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London. First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London.

Praise For…


“Delightful. . . reveals an author full of knowledge, invention and passion. . . . A lovely book.” – The Telegraph (London)

“Compelling humanity . . . deliciously caught. . . . Conjured with exceptional vividness.” – The Evening Standard (London)

“The music-biz interludes intrigue and convince. Lebrecht . . . always knows the score.”-– The Independent (London)

“An unusually impressive first novel." – The Spectator

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400034895
ISBN-10: 1400034892
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: February 10th, 2004
Pages: 311
Language: English