CEERES of Voices: Bradford Morrow - "The Prague Sonata" - Esther Peters

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6:00 - 7:30pm

57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St.

Chicago, IL 60637


CEERES of Voices presents Bradford Morrow on his novel The Prague Sonata. He will be joined in conversation by Esther Peters.

Presented in partnership with CEERES, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago.


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About the book: A grand epic that was over twelve years in the making, The Prague Sonata is award-winning writer Bradford Morrow’s masterpiece. Following the trail of a lost eighteenth-century sonata manuscript, this literary quest novel moves back and forth in time –— from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to modern-day Greenwich Village; from postwar London to the heartland of immigrant America—telling, ultimately, a story of the trials and triumphs of love over the course of generations. In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a weathered original sonata manuscript—the gift of a Holocaust survivor living out her final days in Queens—come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta’s eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is hauntingly beautiful, clearly the composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the request that Meta attempt to find the manuscript’s true owner—a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since WWII forced them apart—and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the post-Velvet revolution Prague in the land of Dvorák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one after the music’s secrets. At its heart, The Prague Sonata revolves around the sacrifices a handful of everyday people make to preserve cultural heritage in the face of tyranny and greed. Magisterially evoking decades of Prague’s tragic and triumphant history, Morrow’s novel is both epic and intimate, evoking the ways in which individual notes of love and sacrifice become part of the celebratory symphony of life.


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