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The Prague Sonata

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   18.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/03/2017

2018 Voice Arts Award Nominee
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The Prague Sonata

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687001
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687018


Magisterially evoking decades of Prague's tragic and triumphant history, from the First World War through the soaring days of the Velvet Revolution, and moving from postwar London to the heartland of immigrant America, The Prague Sonata is both epic and intimate, evoking the ways in which individual notes of love and sacrifice become part of the celebratory symphony of life.

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In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript―the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens―come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta's eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the caveat that Meta attempt to find the manuscript's true owner—a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart—and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one after the music's secrets.


"Christina Delaine, who lends an authoritative and commanding voice to this powerful story of a worn original sonata manuscript which falls into musiciologist Meta's hands.” —Donovan Literary Services

“Delaine is spot-on at conveying just the right emotions as Meta's passion grows in her quest to find the composer and the missing parts of the manuscript--and to bring its haunting melodies together.”— AudioFile

“Bradford Morrow is an astonishing writer. . . . Having explored the netherworld of ingenious fakery in The Forgers, Morrow now explores an even more intricately rendered world of rivalrous musicologists in his most ambitious novel to date, The Prague Sonata.” —Joyce Carol Oates

The Prague Sonata is a treasure of a novel, a deliciously enveloping musical mystery which I read with marvel and gusto." —Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper’s Wife

“Morrow has long been one of America’s finest novelists. And this humanely epic tale is his finest book.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Perfume River

Author Bio

Bradford Morrow is the author of several novels, including Trinity Fields, The Diviner's Tale, and, The Forgers, as well as a short story collection, The Uninnocent. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals.

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