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- Kurzbeschreibung<p>This spellbinding new novel from Lauren Belfer, the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>A Fierce Radiance</em> and <em>City of Light</em>, spans centuries and continents to reveal the secret history of a long-lost musical masterpiece&8212;and the two women bound together by its troubled past.</p><p>Sara Itzig Levy, the daughter of Frederick the Great&8217;s banker, counts herself among the élite of late-eighteenth-century Berlin. A gifted harpsichordist, she hones her musical talents under Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, a son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Kindred spirits, the elderly maestro and his protégée enjoy a close friendship, but their time together is running out. Friedemann&8217;s final gift to his dearest Sara is the original score of one of his father&8217;s cantatas&8212;yet, as she reads its libretto, her gratitude turns to horror. . . . </p><p>In present-day New York City, Susanna Kessler enjoys a seemingly charmed life with a loving husband and a terrific job. Then a random, devastating act of violence tears it apart. Just as she&8217;s beginning to recover, her beloved Uncle Henry kills himself. He leaves behind a cryptic note alluding to his haunting World War II experiences as an Allied soldier in Germany, and to an artifact he took from the war-ravaged country before returning home.</p><p>Framed by Susanna&8217;s urgent search for the truth about the disturbing musical score her uncle bequeaths to her, Sara&8217;s richly atmospheric narrative&8212;studded with vibrant, real-life musical figures from Wilhelm Friedemann Bach to Beethoven to Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn&8212;reveals the passions and politics of Enlightenment- and Romantic-era Berlin.</p><p>Wealth might buy Jews an entrée into German society but, as Sara discovers, a dark anti-Semitism simmers all around her. And as Susanna attempts to fight her demons by plunging deeper and deeper into Sara&8217;s world, harrowing questions about her own family&8217;s past begin to surface.</p><p>Advance Praise for <em>And After the Fire</em></p><p>&8220;It&8217;s a remarkably suspenseful story, a literary thriller in the tradition of A. S. Byatt&8217;s Possession.&8221;&8212;<em>Kirkus</em> reviews</p><p>&8220;A &8216;what if&8217; novel that begins in the glittering salons of Enlightenment Berlin where, beneath the surface, are sentiments too sinister to be named and culminates in New York present day, And After the Fire is an intellectual thriller and a beautiful love story. What if you came into possession of a historical artifact with the power to alter history and change the world? Sure to establish Belfer as a fearless, provocative writer. Impossible to put down.&8221;&8212
- AutorLauren Belfer
- VerlagHarper Collins Publ. USA
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten464 Seiten
- Gewicht670 g
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