THE BLACK VIOLIN by MAXENCE FERMINE
There were many musical souls adrift on that raft of
silence that is Venice. There was the music of Johannes
Karelsky.There was the music of Erasmus, the violin maker.
And there was the music of war. But of that, the two men
From the internationally acclaimed author of Snow comes a
timeless tale of love and music set against the romantic
backdrop of eighteenth-century Venice.
In 1797, the violin prodigy Johannes Karelsky arrives in
Venice after fighting with Napoleon's army in the Italian
campaign. After the war, he boards with an aged violin
maker named Erasmus who created the legendary "Black
Violin," which he forbids Johannes to touch because, as he
says, "Once you have tasted it, you will never be the same
again." Johannes becomes obsessed with the idea of playing
this violin as well as finding the woman who saved his life
when he was injured in battle.
Beautifully written and highly evocative, The Black Violin
interweaves Johannes's quest for love and the history of
this mysterious instrument in a narrative that is sure to
resonate long after the last page is turned.
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