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The Lost Pianos of Siberia

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The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts
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"A very interesting book"
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This book made me want to go to Siberia more than ever. Although it was hard going at the very beginning, the rest of the book was a great read

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A great read. Even if your not super keen on pianos. A political and geographic history with lots of musical thoughts.

Description

Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos - grand instruments created during the boom years of the Nineteenth Century, and humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos travelled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. That stately instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle. But this is Siberia, where people can endure the worst of the world - and where music reveals a deep humanity in the last place on earth you would expect to find it.

Author Biography

Sophy Roberts is a British writer whose work focuses on the wild places from Papua New Guinea to the Congo. She began her career assisting the writer Jessica Mitford, and trained in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She regularly contributes to the Financial Times and the US edition of Conde Nast Traveler, among others. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is her first book.
Release date NZ
February 4th, 2020
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Doubleday
Pages
448
Dimensions
153x234x31
ISBN-13
9780857524959
Product ID
30992429

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