Us ConductorseBook - 2014
Winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller PrizeA BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING NOVEL INSPIRED BY THE TRUE LIFE AND LOVES OF THE FAMED RUSSIAN SCIENTIST, INVENTOR AND SPY LEV TERMEN -- CREATOR OF THE THEREMIN.Us Conductors takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union. On a ship steaming its way from Manhattan back to Leningrad, Lev Termen writes a letter to his "one true love", Clara Rockmore, telling her the story of his life. Imprisoned in his cabin, he recalls his early years as a scientist, inventing the theremin and other electric marvels, and the Kremlin's dream that these inventions could be used to infiltrate capitalism itself. Instead, New York infiltrated Termen -- he fell in love with the city's dance clubs and speakeasies, with the students learning his strange instrument, and with Clara, a beautiful young violinist. Amid ghostly sonatas, kung-fu tussles, brushes with Chaplin and Rockefeller, a...
Publisher: New York : Random House Canada, 2014
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"Sometimes it is just strength," he said. "The only answer is persistence."
Dreams have weight and velocity. They are signals, promises. They have a destination.
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