The Lost Pianos of Siberia

The Lost Pianos of Siberia

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 28/01/2021
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Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos - grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, and humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos travelled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. That stately instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle. But this is Siberia, where people can endure the worst of the world - and where music reveals a deep humanity in the last place on earth you would expect to find it.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784162849
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 316g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 27 mm

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The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Staggeringly good travel/history/music writing
My perfect non-fiction narrative comes from a place of insatiable curiosity, openness and wonder. A book where-in trying to discover one thing, you end up ... READ MORE
Peter Baran
The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Wonderfully written!
Siberia, Russia, Russian-heritage, historical-places-events, historical-research, music, nonfiction, cultural-exploration When I thought about Siberia I a... READ MORE
Janice Tangen
The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Something of the soul of Russia
A quest to find an instrument to match the singular talent of a young Mongolian pianist, Edgerel, leads Sophy Roberts to traverse the vastness of Siberia. ... READ MORE
William Hart
The Lost Pianos of Siberia
..The Lost Pianos of Siberia
I found this book fascinating. The rather strange idea of searching for pianos in Siberia became an interesting history of the country as well as making o... READ MORE
Philippa Cox