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THE PRAGUE SONATA de Bradford Morrow

From the critically acclaimed author Bradford Morrow, a literary quest novel that travels from Nazi-occupied Prague to turn-of-the-millennium New York as a young musicologist seeks to reunite the lost pages of a mysterious sonata manuscript

by Bradford Morrow
Atlantic Monthly Press,
October 2017

In the early days of the new millennium, worn and weathered pages of an original, partial sonata score—the gift of a Czech immigrant 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 manuscript; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the work of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the caveat that Meta attempt to find the manuscript’s true owner—a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart—and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák 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. Magisterially evoking decades of Prague’s tragic and triumphant history, from the First World War through the soaring days of the Velvet Revolution, and moving from postwar London to the heartland of immigrant America, THE PRAGUE SONATA is both epic and intimate.

Bradford Morrow is the author of seven previous novels, including “Trinity Fields” (Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist), “The Diviner’s Tale”, and most recently, “The Forgers”, as well as a short story collection, “The Uninnocent”. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals.

Le meilleur de 2014 selon Publishers Weekly

La fin de l’année approche et il est temps de faire les premiers bilans. Publishers Weekly vient ainsi de dévoiler ses listes pour les meilleurs titres de 2014, avec parmi nos représentations :

Premier dans le Top Ten, tous genres confondus, l’essai de Eula Biss, ON IMMUNITY : AN INOCULATION (Graywolf), publié en septembre 2014.

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Ce titre est bien sûr également présent dans le classement dédié à la Non Fiction. Dans la même liste, le courageux témoignage du journaliste afro-américain Charles McKay Blow, FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) et LIVE IN RUINS de Marilyn Johnson (Harper), alors que LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK de Barbara Brown Taylor (HarperOne) et THE ZIMZUM OF LOVE de Rob and Kristen Bell (HarperOne) figurent dans la liste Religion.

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Dans la liste Fiction, on retrouve EUPHORIA de Lily King (Atlantic Monthly, bientôt publié par les édition Christian Bourgois) et THIS IS THE WATER de Yannick Murphy (Harper), et parmi les Mysteries/Thrillers, le dernier roman de Bradford Morrow, THE FORGERS (Grove) ainsi que THE MARTIAN de Andy Weir (Crown, publié en France par les Éditions Bragelonne). A DARKLING SEA de James L. Cambias (Tor) figure quant à lui dans la catégorie SF/Fantasy/Horror.

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En jeunesse, dans la catégorie Middle Grade, figurent le roman de fantasy THE WITCH’S BOY de Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers), RAIN REIGN de Ann M. Martin (Feiwel and Friends) et le premier volet d’une nouvelle série pour les plus jeunes : DORY FANTASMAGORY de Abby Hanlon (Dial, droits pour la France acquis par Hachette Jeunesse).
Enfin, en Young Adult, les critiques de Publisher Weekly ont sélectionné THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY de Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking, bientôt publié en France par La Belle Colère) et GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE de Andrew Smith (Dutton).