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    Art qnd power

    Short, but deep, factual but rich in imagery and use of language. Evocative yet current. This book is not a light read, but retains a freshness and spring.
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    Excellent a good read

    Once into the novel, and it is a novel, it is most enjoyable. I was first introduced to Shostokovitch by a concert from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing his 9th in 1989. Now retired I have the time to enjoy all of his music. I will now bring down the major biography as shown in the Author's notes.
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    ervaar dit

    aangrijpend en met liefde geschreven voor alle kunstenaars een must om te beleven
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    Wonderful reflection in Shostakovich the man

    As acknowledged in the credits, Elizabeth Wilson's comprehensive biography forms the basis for this brilliant fictional portrait of Dmitri Shostakovich at seminal moments in his life, painting a clear picture of a conflicted but amazing man. You can't read this without wondering what you would have done in the same circumstances.
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    A stream of consciousness

    I have never really got on with Julian Barnes, but the synopsis suggested a little more promise. I stuck it out to the end, but it was not worth the effort. I know Shostakovich is a composer who chose to live under the tyranny of communism instead of defecting as so many others did, and I probably did learn a little more about the indignity of that life. Always fearing that Stalin would single him out for interrogation and a bullet through the head; not being able to pursue aspects of his music that would probably have been feted in the west and having to deliver speeches written for him that contained views that he did not hold. Somehow what might have been interesting, in Barnes's hands became a stream of consciousness, not so much the Noise of Time, but the Boredom of Time. I did not like it.
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