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Us Conductors (2014)

by Sean Michaels(Favorite Author)
3.87 of 5 Votes: 4
1935639811 (ISBN13: 9781935639817)
Tin House Books
review 1: A love story, a thriller and a historical envisioning that moves from the heady days of Lenin's Russia to the carefree flapper jazz era of New York to the gulags of Siberia. Michaels captures the spirit of the times and through the vibrations of the theremin, follows the life of Lev Termin, the inventor of the instrument from naive youth to cultural ambassador,from spy to traitor, prisoner to historical footnote. A masterful rendering that comes across as a written aria to the possibilities, opportunities and losses in love. The best of the 2014 Giller nominees and very deserving of the accolades.
review 2: "Us Conductors" is a deeply moving, complex, multi-layered story of Leon Termen, inventor of the theremin. Sean Michaels moves effortlessly from Termen's fa
... moremily in Russia, to his emigration to the U.S., his unrequited love for his student, Clara, to his spying and subsequent prison sentence. No matter how complex the characters and story line, underlying all this is his longing for his beloved. Beautifully written with a residue of sadness woven throughout. less
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fascinating, and utterly sad. I'll certainly do some non-fiction reading about Theremin now.
Alternately riveting and painfully slow, but always beautiful.
I think someone has a crush on Clara Rockmore.
This book is extremely well written.
Beautiful, heart-breaking book.
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