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Saving Mozart

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  194 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Raphaël Jerusalmy’s debut novel takes the form of the journal of Otto J. Steiner, a former music critic of Jewish descent suffering from tuberculosis in a Salzburg sanatorium in 1939. Drained by his illness and isolated in the gloomy sanatorium, Steiner finds solace only in music. He is horrified to learn that the Nazis’ are transforming a Mozart festival into a fascist ev ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Europa Editions (first published March 21st 2012)
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Sep 02, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing
This short book...or closer to a novella, is written as a diary. It's a different look of how one man sees the world changing around him --(first person narrative)--during the early years of WWII.

Under the Nazi regime...their local party planned to use a local cultural event for
biased-promoting political causes.
Otto J. Steiner was horrified that the Nazi's were going to have a Mozart festival and turn it into a fascist "nightmare" event. Otto was going to do everything he could to *save* his
Dec 22, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es un libro muy especial como podéis intuir. Yo no voy a hacer listas de "lo mejor del año" porque lo está haciendo todo el mundo y a mí sinceramente me da muchísima pereza. Sin embargo si la hiciera, éste estaría entre los 3 primeros. En pocas palabras, me ha encantado este libro y aún tengo ciertos ecos del mismo en mi cabeza desde que lo terminé, hará un par de días.

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Perhaps the greatest novel about Sanatoriums’ is Mann’s Magic Mountain. It’s difficult not to think of that novel when reading this one. Jersusalmy’s style is far removed from Mann’s, though his book is just as good. The connection comes because of what happened to Mann and his works under Nazi Germany.
Jerusalmy’s novel is about Otto, a man who is slowly dying in an Austria sanatorium when the Nazis take Austria. He finds not only things changing (he isn’t quite sure about what has happened to
Feb 01, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-copy
A well written and engaging novella, giving a different perspective on the holocaust.
Told in the form of diary entries and letters it is the story of the Jewish music critic Otto Steiner, and his involvement in the organisation of a music festival in Salzburg on behalf of the Nazi’s.
The easy reading style and quiet humour can lull you into a false sense of security, away from the horrors that are actually occurring in occupied Austria. However you are jolted out of your false security and bought
Elena Farca E
Aug 30, 2015 Elena Farca E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo ame! Gracias Mily.

La Resistencia / Jaim Guri

Resistió quien se dedico al contrabando de panes.
Resistió quien educo en secreto
Resistió quien escribió y distribuyo una revista subterránea que alerto
Resistió quien escondió una Tora
Resistió quien falsifico documentación “aria” que otorgo vida
Resistió quien ayudo a los perseguidos a escapar de país en país
Resistió quien escribió lo acontecido y lo enterró en la arena
Resistió quien ayudo a quien lo necesitaba mas que si mismo
Resistió quien dijo aqu
Milly Cohen
May 16, 2015 Milly Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uy, me parece buenísimo de principio a fin.
Hay que leerlo, pero ya.
Ameno, tremendo (como todos los del mismo tema)
y con un excelente cierre!!
Jun 07, 2015 PlanetaEris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lo releeré cada vez que tenga ocasión y será una de mis lecturas más recomendadas a cualquiera que me pregunte. Más en
Lucas Tuazon
May 28, 2014 Lucas Tuazon rated it it was amazing
A very moving story of a lonely old man who wants to shield music from being transformed into a propaganda tool. For those who truly love music and understand that it has incredible power to trigger several complex and beautiful emotions and memories in people must read this brilliant tale and a true music crusader.
להציל את מוצרט \ רפאל ירושלמי

אל תתנו לדקיקות של הספרון הזה להטעות אתכם, יש בו הרבה יותר מ145 העמודים לארכם נפרש ספורו של אוטו שטיינר. אמנם לוקח בערך 3 שעות 'לבלוע' אותו,אך זמן עיכולו הוא בערך 5 ימים.

'להציל את מוצרט' עוסק במוזיקה והתנגדות והוא נכתב באופן מאד מוזיקלי ("העבודות החלו. הפועלים מפזמים להם. הלמות הפטישים, חריקת מסורים, צרימת מקדחה. אופרטה לקולות עבים ולכלי עבודה. מנהל העבודה, טירולי צעקן ויעיל, ממלא את תפקיד הטנור. כבר מריחים את ריח החידוש במסדרונות. שטפאן מתרוצץ לכאן ולכאן. הוא עסוק מ
Apr 08, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustan los diarios. Mucho. Me resultan cómodos para leer y cuentan mucho con menos palabras. Eso hace Otto en Salvar a Mozart. Con poco nos cuenta tanto...
Navona y sus aciertos. Los ineludibles empiezan a ser imprescindibles en mi vida lectora.
Mientras Leo
May 16, 2015 Mientras Leo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otto Steiner y su pequeño acto heroico.
Un gran libro en muchos sentidos
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Sonya L Moore
Jan 04, 2014 Sonya L Moore rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from Ron Hanks who gave it a five-stellar rating, as have I. It is a short novel, but not necessarily a quick read, as I found myself slowing down, re-reading beautiful and powerful passages, and then remembering the history of the period. The author, "Raphaël Jerusalmy is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne, has made a career in the Israeli military intelligence before conducting humanitarian operations and education. He is now old book dealer in Tel ...more
A very interesting look at life under the Nazi regime, the narrator is a sick former music critic shut away in a sanatorium, dying of TB. As the influence and reach of the Nazi regime grows he sees the world of culture and of sickness change around him. The local party are determined to use a local cultural event for propaganda purposes and our narrator does everything he can to 'save' his beloved Mozart from being used in the base manner. This is comparable works written from the 'inside' of t ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing
A depressing but ultimately uplifting little novel. Very much worth the read. From Amazon: Raphaël Jerusalmy’s debut novel takes the form of the journal of Otto J. Steiner, a former music critic of Jewish descent suffering from tuberculosis in a Salzburg sanatorium in 1939. Drained by his illness and isolated in the gloomy sanatorium, Steiner finds solace only in music. He is horrified to learn that the Nazis’ are transforming a Mozart festival into a fascist event. Steiner feels helpless at fir ...more
Luis Ordóñez
Jan 31, 2014 Luis Ordóñez rated it it was amazing
Me leí este libro literalmente en una sentada. Es la novela debut de Raphael Jerusalmy, donde se narra en forma de diario los últimos días de la vida de un crítico musical austríaco, enfermo de tuberculosis, que a comienzos de la II Guerra Mundial ve con horror cómo los Nazis invaden los espacios musicales donde debería reinar por siempre Mozart.

El plan de Otto Steiner, que así se llama el personaje, para salvar a Mozart de la música marcial es sutil y genial, e incluye un intento de asesinato d
Feb 25, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A famous conductor has an opportunity to present a concert to high officers and other hoi polloi ranking in the Third Reich. He’s retired, quite ill, and it is strongly implied that he is secretly of Hasidic origin. With nothing to lose, he details his personal plot to challenge the musical tastes of his anticipated audience.

Mozart's music is often considered to be universal and sublime. This novella seeks to find those qualities while sticking it to the enemy. Which, on reflection, is also very
Sep 19, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Dying of consumption in a poorly run sanatorium in Salzburg, a lonely, conflicted music critic records his days in the first diary he has ever written. His determination to stay alive is fueled by his desire to "save Mozart" at the 1940 Salzburg Festspiele. As he does, he has also stopped "a voice from being silenced. One voice out of many thousands, but a voice, which, if it had been stifled, would have killed the music in me. And all music." And the symbol for which that m ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Aug 29, 2013 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Un autentico scrittore nato, Raphael Jérusalmy. Dopo aver compiuto gli studi alla Ecole Normale Supérieure di Parigi e alla Sorbona, è stato per oltre vent'anni ufficiale dell'intelligence israeliana; successivamente ha dato vita a progetti di carattere educativo ed umanitario. Cresciuto nel magico mondo dei libri, oggi vive a Tel Aviv, dove vende volumi antichi.

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Lucie Lacoste
J'ai dévoré ce livre envoyé dans l'abonnement Grand lecteurs du mois de septembre 2016 d'Exploratology.

Otto J. Steiner atteint de la tubercolose, virtuose passionné de musique vit dans un sanatorium de Salzbourg dans années 1939-1940. Il tient son journal. La musique le retient à la vie jour après jour. Mais pas vraiment suffisamment, il est devenu inutile dans cette société et prépare une petite vengeance à lui.

Le personnage est détaché mais attachant. Superbe lecture.
Greg Shelnutt
Feb 09, 2014 Greg Shelnutt rated it it was amazing
Amazing how the perspective from a dying consumptive's bed can be so broad. Raphael Jerusalmy's Saving Mozart is a short but engaging novel that pit's the Third Reich's Teutonic sonic ambitions against one music critic's subtle act of musical transgression. A welcome addition to cannon of diasporic literature.
May 06, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
A nice read, I mostly enjoyed the accurate musical references (I'm a nerd like that). I think many people would be intrigued by the Nazis' blatant use of music to their own ends, but that's something I've learned about all through my schooling, so it wasn't that fascinating to me.
Nieves Villalón
Oct 27, 2015 Nieves Villalón rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un esclarecedor testimonio de un enfermo que pasas sus últimos momentos en medio de la cruda Segunda Guerra Mundial. Tiene la ¿podemos llamarlo suerte? de estar en un sanatorio, pero las cosas que nos cuentan nos dan los mismos escalofríos que nos daría un relato de las trincheras.
Jan 21, 2014 Jemathomp rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is the fictional diary of a man in a Salzburg sanitorium at the beginning of WWII. His thoughts about his family and his love of music fill the diary. Only 124 pages long, his story and passion will make you smile at the end.
Apr 01, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it
First person narrative of a sanitarium patient during the early years of WWII may not appeal to everyone. His dogged pursuit of a personal goal as a music critic, professional sustains his life although his health deteriorates. Historical content included adds depth to the story.
Elizabeth Click
Oct 14, 2015 Elizabeth Click rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un enfermo de tuberculosis amante de la música clásica en la segunda guerra mundial intentando matar a Hitler con un brebaje con un alto contenido en azúcar y bicarbonato, que risas me ha dado su sentido de ver la vida a pesar de sus desgracias. Melodía para los sentidos de fácil lectura. Leedlo!
Andreu Escrivà
Sep 12, 2015 Andreu Escrivà rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un llibre que es llegeix tot d'una, perquè és impossible desapegar-se de les seues pàgines. La història d'Otto Steiner, que manté la dignitat fins i tot en un entorn hostil i llòbrec, és una d'aquelles que perviu a la memòria. Molt recomanable.
Apr 19, 2014 Moira rated it really liked it
A beautiful little gem. An original slant on WW2 in Austria, music and suffering a debilitating disease. As perfectly composed and performed as a smaller Mozart composition.
Mar 04, 2016 Esmeraldian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se lit assez vite, je regrette un peu certaines tournures maladroites et les répétitions obsessantes de "sauver Mozart", cela reste cependant un bon livre.
Entre mis libros y yo
Impresionante. He quedado tan atrapada con esta lectura que lo he comenzado y no he podido soltarlo hasta terminar. Muy recomendable.
May 30, 2015 Bernie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro magnífico, francamente muy recomendable. Perteneciente a la colección de los INELUDIBLES de Navona.
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Raphaël Jerusalmy, né en 1954 à Paris, au pied de la Butte Montmartre, de mère russe et de père turc immigrés en France et brocanteurs de profession, la famille turque de son père fut déportée et exterminée à Auschwitz.

Diplômé de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure et de la Sorbonne, a fait carrière au sein des services de renseignements militaires israéliens avant de mener des actions de caractère humanit
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