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Read online The Gustav Sonata.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Gustav Sonata Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo An only child he lives alone with Emilie the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel a budding concert pianist The novel follows Gustav s family tracing the roots of his mother s anti Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend .

Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience and forward through the lives and careers of Gustav and Anton i The Gustav Sonata i explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it s lost transformed and regained over a lifetime It s a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists by Rose Tremain

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Title:The Gustav Sonata
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ISBN:1784740039
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Number of Pages:241
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Literary fiction, Historical, Music
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