By Maria Angels Anglada
A world sensation now on hand in English for the 1st time, The Violin of Auschwitz is the unforgettable tale of 1 man's refusal to give up his dignity within the face of history's maximum atrocity.
In the iciness of 1991, at a live performance in Krakow, an older lady with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who's immediately captivated via her tool. whilst he asks her how she got it, she unearths the impressive tale in the back of its foundation. . . .
Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the infamous focus camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. valuable stories of the younger girl he enjoyed and the prayers that when lingered on his lips turn into hazier with every one passing day. Then a trip from a mysterious stranger alterations every thing, as Daniel's former identification as a crafter of good violins is published to all. The camp's most threatening males use this data to make a merciless guess: If Daniel can construct a winning violin inside a undeniable variety of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the best burgundy. If now not, the camp health professional, a torturer, will get carry of Daniel. And so, struggling with exhaustion, Daniel attempts to recapture his misplaced paintings, realizing all too good the most probably rate of failure.
Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty--and interspersed with chilling, real Nazi documentation--The Violin of Auschwitz is greater than only a novel: it's a testomony to the power of the human spirit and the facility of good looks, paintings, and wish to overcome the darkest adversity.
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