An unexpected love story, a political parable, and an intimate portrait of regeneration, The Student Conductor is one of the finest debut novels in years. The story glides along in a language both smart and chiselled, while Ford shows himself in full control of the music on and off the page. Here comes a new voice, already fully nuanced. Colum ...
An unexpected love story, a political parable, and an intimate portrait of regeneration, The Student Conductor is one of the finest debut novels in years. The story glides along in a language both smart and chiselled, while Ford shows himself in full control of the music on and off the page. Here comes a new voice, already fully nuanced. Colum McCann Cooper Barrow has returned to the competitive fray of the orchestral world after eight years of exile - bringing his prodigious talent and insecurity into Frankfurt and Berlin just at the moment that the Berlin Wall falls. Barrow is to study under the cruel hand of a capricious maestro, Karlheinz Ziegler - a man who carries boundless shame from his days in a Nazi concentration camp, and who will force Barrow to define himself within a morally ambiguous world. But when Barrow encounters the beautiful and boldly sexual Petra Vogel, an oboist with poisonous secrets, he sets in motion a complex psychological dance of guilt, music and love. With remarkable intensity and physicality, Robert Ford delivers a pitch-perfect debut, brimming with intrigue and revelation, where passion flowers into desire on every page.
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