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Prince Rupert Library Mich (Text) 33294001882471 Adult Fiction - Second Floor Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780345815767 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 347 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, 2014.

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General Note:
"In which I seek the heart of Clara Rockmore, my one true love, finest theremin player the world will ever know." -- on title page.
Summary, etc.:
"Novel inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen - creator of the theremin. In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, Us Conductors takes us from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. Lev Termen is imprisoned on a ship steaming its way from New York City to the Soviet Union. He is writing a letter to his 'one true love,' Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. From there we learn Termen's story: his early days as a scientist in Leningrad, and the acclaim he received as the inventor of the theremin, eventually coming to New York under the aegis of the Russian state. There he stays, teaching eager music students, making his name, and swiftly falling in love with Clara. But it isn't long until he has fallen in with Russian spooks, slipping through the shadows of a budding Cold War, with cold-blooded results. The novel builds to a crescendo as Termen returns to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought to Moscow, tasked with eavesdropping on Stalin himself. "Us Conductors" is a book of longing and electricity. Like Termen's own life, it is steeped in beauty, wonder and looping heartbreak. How strong is unrequited love? What does it mean when it is the only thing keeping you alive? This sublime debut inhabits the idea of invention on every level, no more so than in its depiction of Termen's endless feelings for Clara - against every realistic odd. For what else is love, but the greatest invention of all?"--Publisher.
Awards Note:
2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner.
Subject: Theremin, Leon, 1896-1993 > Fiction.
Russians > United States > Fiction.
Theremin > Fiction.
Unrequited love > Fiction.
Musical fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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