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Madame Sousatzka

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Madame Sousatzka specialises in child prodigies. In her hands the new boy will blossom into musical genius. But the public cannot hear him yet: until his debut he belongs to Sousatzka and her bizarre hot-house tenants. One day he will be a great pianist - until that day he must play only for Sousatzka ...
ebook, 201 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published 1962)
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I just finished re-reading this book. It was still haunting and other-worldly.
A strange little book with very colourful characters that had me enthralled at first, but I lost interest half way through and only finished it to find out what would happen. Very well written and delightful character descriptions. Good to read something out of the ordinary
Completely different from the other Bernice Rubens I read, and seemed much more cohesive and meaningful.
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Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year ...more
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