The Lost Pianos of Siberia

The Lost Pianos of Siberia

Hardback (06 Feb 2020) | English

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Synopsis

A Sunday Times BOOK OF 2020: 'Extraordinary.'

'An extraordinary, cadenced journey into music, exile and landscape.' EDMUND DE WAAL
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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.
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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

'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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Doubleday

Doubleday

Doubleday is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Bill Bryson, Joanne Harris, Terry Pratchett and Kate Atkinson in hardback.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857524942
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Doubleday
Pub date:
DEWEY: 915.704864
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 13584
Number of pages: 433
Weight: 556g
Height: 146mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 39mm