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The Song of Names

Fiction: Literary Fiction
Unabridged   9.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/03/2012

The Song of Names

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615735587
Digital Download ISBN:9781615735594


Lebrecht’s award-winning novel unravels the complex strands of love, envy, and exploitation that bind artistic geniuses to their admirers.

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Martin Simmond’s father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.

In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.


“The superb Simon Prebble . . . embodies all the dreams, love, and loss Martin has allowed to overshadow his life . . . exposing the love, envy, and exploitation that entangle geniuses and their acolytes.”

“A vivid and outstanding story that sings about artistry, genius, music, love, envy, friendship, and revenge.”

Author Bio

NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently with the Evening Standard, after a decade as music columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He presents BBC Radio 3’s lebrecht.live, and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He is the author of several books which have been translated into fourteen languages. The Song of Names won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London.

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