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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.
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Bettina von Kampen grew up in Winnipeg. She has written two novels: Blue Becomes You (finalist — Amazon.ca/Books in Canada first novel award) and Watch You Don't Fall. Currently, Bettina lives in Hamilton where she works as a physiotherapist and plays with the intrepid second violins in Symphony HamiltonReview:
"The Tristan Chord is a lyrical story about how beauty endures despite barbarism all around."?mdash; Kevin Patterson
"An exploration of the many functions of music: as an escape from the atrocities of real life, as a unifying force and as a healer." — Literary Review of Canada
"A gripping story [with memorable and interesting characters." — Edmonton Journal
"An intriguing and brave story about the burden of guilt, the clutch of memory and the transcendent quality of music." — Indulge
"At the risk of sounding cliche, [this novel hits all the right notes." — Winnipeg Free Press
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Book Description Enfield & Wizenty, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. First. Seller Inventory # DADAX1894283856
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