The Gustav Sonata
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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016.
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press upon the borders and beat upon the gate.
Costa judges' comment: “A deft, delicate and vivid book in three movements – pitch perfect and humane.”
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment? Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in 'neutral' Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows. As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav's life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined.
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'I love Rose Tremain's writing and a new novel is always something to savour.' The Bookseller
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Publication date19th May 2016
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PublisherChatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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