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The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada

The Auschwitz Violin (original 1994; edition 2010)

by Maria Angels Anglada, Martha Tennent (Translator)

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Title:The Auschwitz Violin
Authors:Maria Angels Anglada
Other authors:Martha Tennent (Translator)
Info:Bantam (2010), Hardcover, 128 pages
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Tags:Kindle, @2011, Poland

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The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada (1994)

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I loved the story. Haunting. The translation was a bit stiff in places. It I followed the tale with great interest. A triumph of the human spirit! ( )
  Hanneri | Jan 15, 2017 |
Although this is not a long novel it packs a punch.It is beautifully written and lovingly crafted much like the violin at the center of this novel. Daniel creates this violin while in Auschwitz at the command of the local commandant who has bet him against a case of wine with a sadistic Nazi doctor. This doctor Rascher is a real person who conducted horrible experiments on concentration camp prisoners.
This novel, in such a short time, gives a reader great incite into the horrible hunger, cold and fear these people had to deal with daily as they struggled to remain alive in Auschwitz. ( )
  Smits | Oct 20, 2016 |
I have always had a morbid fascination with Nazi Germany and the holocaust so was looking forward to reading this book which had the potential to be an inspiring read, but it didn't deliver. I liked how each chapter started with excerpts from actual documents from Auschwitz and even though there were horrible paragraphs about what the inmates suffered through, for me the story lacked emotion and detail. The only parts I really liked were the descriptions of Daniel creating his violin - at those moments I felt his passion. Overall, quite a disappointing read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
A gem of a book which despite being set in the German concentration camps brings a glimmer of the resilience of the human spirit and a man's ability to create something of beauty in such deplorable circumstances. ( )
  HelenBaker | Nov 9, 2014 |
rabck from hostile17; Quick read. Very sparsely, tightly written book about a violin maker in a concentration camp, who is given the task of creating a violin for the camp's commander. The violin survived the war, and a friend bought it from the commanders things - and it's now played by the violin maker's adopted daughter. ( )
  nancynova | Apr 4, 2014 |
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Maria Angels Angladaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Boon, AdriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordenhök, JensTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez Baixeras, XavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torres, VeronicaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I always have trouble falling asleep after I perform at a concert.
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On December 1, 1941, I was on duty at guard post 4 on Hobensteinerstrasse from 1400 hrs. until 1600 hrs.
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In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin. . . . Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Treasured memories of the young woman he loved and the prayers that once lingered on his lips become hazier with each passing day. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniel’s former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. The camp’s two most dangerous men use this information to make a cruel wager: If Daniel can build a successful violin within a certain number of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the finest burgundy. If not, the camp doctor, a torturer, gets hold of Daniel. And so, battling exhaustion, Daniel tries to recapture his lost art, knowing all too well the likely cost of failure. Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty — and interspersed with chilling, actual Nazi documentation — The Auschwitz Violin is more than just a novel: It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity.
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Jewish violin maker Daniel endures the inhuman conditions of Auschwitz by doing carpentry work and is directed by the camp commander to craft a perfect violin or forfeit his life.

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