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The Lost Pianos of Siberia: A Sunday Times Book of 2020

The Lost Pianos of Siberia: A Sunday Times Book of 2020 (Paperback)

By Roberts, Sophy

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'A sparkling debut by an outstanding and gifted author. A brilliant guide to Russia of the past and the present, set around an extraordinary search for the heart, soul and lost keyboards of centuries gone by.' PETER FRANKOPAN 'An extraordinary, cadenced journey into music, exile ...and landscape.' EDMUND DE WAAL 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 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
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ISBN 9781784162849
Released NZ 13 Apr 2021
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784162849
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Black Swan
Released 13 Apr 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Roberts, Sophy
Category Musical Instruments: Keyboard
Social & Cultural History
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 915.704864
Weight 322g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Siberia Russia - Description and travel
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade

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