SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD -- a true story of the triumph of bravery and defiance, and the power of music, in the face of terrifying odds
Symphony For The City Of The Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson (2015, Candlewick; 464 pages)
Winner of the National Book Award M. T. Anderson delivers in this great book a riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played in WWII by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. This is a true story, the story of a city under siege. It is also a look at the power of music in difficult times.
Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself, composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens -- the Leningrad Symphony. This testament of courage was copied onto microfilm, driven across the Middle East, and flown across the deserts of North Africa to be performed in the United States, where it played a surprising role in strengthening the Grand Alliance against the Axis powers.
The book is a masterwork, impeccably written and researched by author M. T. Anderson. The source notes are fascinating, and the book includes pictures of events and characters. A not-to-be-missed j non-fiction book.
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