The Tristan ChordBook - 2008
Near the end of World War II in Bayreuth, Germany, a composer meets a musically gifted SS officer. The officer has been posted to Bayreuth to perform with other SS members in the chorus of Wagner's Die Meistersinger. The soldier has committed atrocities at Dachau, but his artistic nature is moved by the composer's unfinished opera, which he then steals.The story shifts to contemporary Canada, where the soldier's sister, Johanna, lives near her son Robert, also a gifted musician. The novel turns on Johanna's encounter with a Holocaust survivor and the re-emergence of the opera manuscript that had been in her brother's possession. In a moving climax, Johanna comes to terms both with her complicity in covering up her brother's past, and with the redemptive power of music.
Publisher: Winnipeg : Enfield and Wizenty, 2008.
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