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El violí d'Auschwitz

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Un cop reclòs al camp d'extermini d'Auschwitz, en Daniel, un luthier jueu, amaga als nazis el seu ofici. Per sobreviure els diu que és fuster, una feina amb una utilitat pràctica que li permet resistir les condicions de vida infrahumanes i ajornar així la seva probable «eliminació». Gran aficionat a la música clàssica, el comandant del camp descobreix la veritable professi ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published by Columna (first published 1983)
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Lynne King
Emily Dickson defined so well the element of pain when she wrote:

“Pain has an element of blank;
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there was
A time when it was not.

It has no future but itself,
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.”

And pain, both mental and physical, make up the fabric of this beautifully poignant but also somewhat brilliantly-depressing novella.

I don’t normally read books about the Holocaust as although I empathise with what happened
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Mark
Dec 14, 2011 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mark by: Waterstones' shelf organization
Shelves: translated, war-works
Read this short novel over breakfast this morning which involved my failing to start any other work until 930 but it was worth the need for any catch up. It is the story of Daniel a young jewish violin maker, technical term Luthier, who is taken from Warsaw and imprisoned in the horror of a concentration camp. Here he struggles with the bestial cruelty and unpredictability of the Nazi guards and along with the other men he is caught up just in the need to survive but for him his great gift, his ...more
Lance Greenfield
Maria Àngels Anglada brings the history of the violin made by Daniel, the Jewish luthier, during his internment in the Auschwitz concentration camp, to vibrant life.

The story opens with the playing of the violin by Regina in the present time. Her relationship to the craftsman becomes apparent about half way through the book, but is not fully revealed until nearr the end.

The brutality of the Nazis in the WWII camps is vividly described in such a way that the reader can feel the day-to-day tension
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Greg
I’ll admit that I’m of two minds about The Violin of Auschwitz. Like many who have already reviewed it here, it didn’t affect me as powerfully as have other novels or biographical accounts of the Jewish holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps. I think, for example, of the dark power of Elie Wiesel’s Night, or the tremendous wisdom to be found in Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and this one simply doesn’t compare. However, not all books can be Pulitzer prize winners, and that this on ...more
Juliana
Strong in its quiet simplicity, but I felt somewhat disconnected from the characters (3.5 stars)

Maria Àngels Anglada is described as "one of the most important figures of Catalan twentieth-century literature," and her talent is evident in this novel. Both the story and the writing were simple and I don't intend that as a criticism, because in my opinion this simplicity is the book's greatest strength.

The Auschwitz Violin has two frames to its central tale, so it's a story within a story within a
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Adam
On the back of this slender volume, Tatiana de Rosnay is quoted as having said, "Read this little book and it will haunt you for ever." Having read it, I doubt that it will.

Everything that is described in this brief, concisely written novel might have possibly happened in the peculiar atmosphere that reigned in Auschwitz. Yet for me, the narrative voice did not ring true.

Daniel was a maker of stringed musical instruments before he entered the Nazi concentration camp system in Auschwitz. When, qu
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Doreen
I decided to take a break from the poor reading choices I've been making recently and read this novel, just arrived in the mail today. It was a swift read -- the book barely breaks 100 pages -- but so refreshingly good! It describes a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp whose vocation as a luthier is discovered, whereupon he is commanded to make a virtuoso violin to rival the works of Stradivarius. Saying anything more would ruin the story, but I will say that I particularly enjoyed this pas ...more
Nikki
I've been meaning to read this one for a while. It's a quick read, though that's partially because it got no hooks into me. I didn't really want to linger over it. It's a simple story, set amid the horrors of the Second World War, with a Jewish violin maker as the central character.

It manages to evoke that atmosphere reasonably well, but not so much the characters. I couldn't link up with Daniel and feel for him. Maybe it was the fact that I had to read this in translation -- very few translator
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Zöe Yu
It looks like an old fashion holocaust memoir, but it is relatively moving and better than some famous holocaust memoirs. If you've read Night, If This Is a Man, it will be much easier to understand and feel the content.

The author didn't describe Dr. Mengele, instead, many familiar occasions in the camp that suppose to be mentioned, the author portrayed them in another way.

Basically, this book is well written. The author knows when to write a shining sentence to lighten the whole chapter. Beau
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thewanderingjew
This is a tender little book, very moving and enlightening although it is barely more than 100 pages. I find that no matter how much I have read or how much I think I know about the Holocaust and its perpetrators, there always seems to be some new horrible behavior or event to learn about with regard to the heinous actions that were perpetrated upon a helpless people simply because of what they believed and/or how they worshiped. I believe sincerely that it is the reason why we must never forget ...more
Jeannie Mancini
Maria Angels Anglada's new novella titled The Auschwitz Violin, is very short on both length and story. Even calling it a novella is stretching it, it's not much more than a long short story at 109 pages. I read this piece in just two hours and when I finished it, my thought was that it was the most pointless story I've ever read, and certainly one of the top ten worst books I've ever encountered. I just did not see the reason in why this story was written, and with the fact that there are other ...more
LitAddictedBrit
In 2008, Boyfriend and I went to Krakow (and the photos scattered around this review are ones that I took while there). I was continuously surprised by the city. It was architecturally beautiful, because World War II was over before it could be invaded and destroyed (unlike, say, Warsaw). It was kooky and fun with adorable boutique-style restaurants and bars (we spent one evening drinking in a bar where all the tables were renovated Singer sewing machines, for example). We had already decided th ...more
Barb
I did not find this story engaging on any level. I have read quite a few books on the Holocaust and I have only read one other one that was able to make the Holocaust seem dull. I didn't think it was possible for one person to achieve that, let alone two but this book is the proof. Was there something important lost in the translation? It is possible, but in my honest opinion, not likely.

There was an overall lack of realism to the story and the author just didn't seem to have a very good knowled
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Meaghan
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

A slim and beautiful novella, the story of a young man in a sub-camp of Auschwitz, making a violin that could save his life, or end it. Daniel had been pretending to be a cabinetmaker, but after he accidentally revealed his real profession the commandant ordered him to make a violin. It must be a perfect violin and play beautifully, or Daniel will be turned over to the tender mercies of a sadistic camp doctor who is clearly based on Joseph
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Oana
This is a hundred pages beautiful, haunting and powerful novella about a luthier imprisoned in a sub-camp of Auschwitz, forced to make a violin, which can save or end his life. Though I’ve read a lot of World War II and Holocaust literature, I surely didn’t feel this one as just another Holocaust book, because its tone was different. For a change, this wasn’t a biography of a survivor, but historical fiction, so the typical graphic gore, violence and cruelty we find in this type of novels weren’ ...more
G.S. Johnston
The novel is startling. It rides on a series of deep contradictions. It’s written with almost a childlike simplicity and yet it charts the depths of humanity. Whilst there are no detailed descriptions of sustained violence, the deft recording of the incidental in camp life shows the absolute dehumanisation of the whole Concentration Camp system. For example, Daniel’s friend the violinist can’t overhear a conversation that would salve Daniel’s nerves because he’s not allowed to approach to close ...more
Shomeret
The quiet horror of the protagonist's predicament was starkly rendered, but the suspense was diminished by an introductory chapter which showed that he had succeeded.

On the other hand, there were questions in my mind that weren't answered until the end of the book. I was moved by the ending which takes place in 1991.

There was a phrase used at one point that bothered me. The protagonist, Daniel, calls his imprisonment at Auschwitz "an interminable Yom Kippur". Yom Kippur means day of atonement.
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David
Aug 29, 2012 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Holocaust Literature
Pretty typical holocaust literature.

And the prose style was lifeless. With literary fiction style and character drive the work and this possessed neither compelling characters nor an interesting use of language.

If Ms. Anglada is indicative of the best Europe has to offer then I weep for the peninsula.

It wasn't bad, and if this is your introduction to holocaust literature you may even call it good. But within the space of holocaust literature it isn't either original or compelling...the best w
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Diane Warrington
Not just another holocaust novel. Well written, not melodramatic. Shows the arbitrary cruelty and horror of the guards mindless thuggery but also the resilience of the human spirit. The description of the making of the violin was like taking a masterclass. It was suspenseful because of Daniel's precarious position. It's also made me go and find the music mentioned in the story to listen to it. The novel shows the on going damage that this time in history had not only on the people who had to end ...more
Inés
Es la historia d'un home que va sobreviure a un camp de concentració nazi gràcies a les seves mans que van ser capaçes de fer una perfecta imitació d'un violí Stradivarius.
És interessant que a l'inici de cada capítol hi ha unes dades reals sobre el camp de concentració d'Auschwitz (on està basada l'obra).
És un llibre ràpid de llegir, però... li falta sentiment, és a dir, que poguem sentir alguna cosa pel protagonista.
Edwina Hall Callan
Corelli’s Sonata “La Folia” is an important part of this book so I have attached a recording. It’s a very haunting piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Also, I am attaching a video of Night and Fog Holocaust Documentary.
Night and Fog was mentioned on page 87.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PH8Da...
Darlene
I have read many Holocaust stories and they have all touched me profoundly.... this book (a novella actually) was not an exception. This is a sort of 'story within a story.' It begins in 1991, with a woman performing a concert with a 'perfectly pitched' violin. A fellow musician is enthralled with the beauty and the way this instrument sings and approaches the woman to find out its story. Regina, the woman, tells the history of the violin. It was crafted by her father while imprisoned in Auschw ...more
Jim
A heart rendering novel. You live in the Auschwitz concentration camp with a Jewish prisoner and experience the horrors of survival he experiences. When entered on the rolls of prisoners Daniel lists himself as a carpenter while in reality he is a talented violin maker. When working at the commandant's home he hears a violin player getting berated because of his bad playing, he then commits the unpardonable sin by speaking up and telling the group gathered it is not the player but the violin has ...more
Anne
'The Auschwitz Violin' is a beautifully presented little book, but at 109 pages long it is more of a short-story, or novella really. Translated from Catalan by Martha Tennent, this is a haunting story of pride and dignity amongst the horrors of a Nazi-led concentration camp.

Daniel, the lead character in the story is a master violin maker - a luthier, although on arrival he stated his occupation as 'carpenter'. Daniel's workmanship is noticed by the Camp Commander and he is instructed to make a v
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Manda
I have this fascination with the Holocaust and World War 2 area so The Auschwitz Violin for £0.99p naturally caught my interest. It was disappointing that the story wasn’t real but the passages at the beginning of each chapter were. The book bored me at the beginning and by the time I had gotten to the end I had forgotten all about what went on at the beginning. It didn’t really leave an impression on me and the characters weren’t solid enough for me to feel for them. I did hope for a happy endi ...more
Carles Fabrego-Vinyeta
Un llibre que explica atrocitats comeses durant l'holocaust nazi. Amb aquest sentit sempre és interessant, mai haurien de deixar d'escriure's llibres que ens recordin constantment aquest capítol de la història recent. La novel·la és una història de supervivència protagonitzada per un lutier que ha de construir un violí, de so perfecte, per un comandant nazi, en un termini de temps desconegut per ell. Si no ho aconsegueix acabarà sent víctima dels experiments perpetrats pel metge del camp de conc ...more
Joy
The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Àngels Anglada is a touching novel set during the horrific Holocaust. Though the story is fiction, it provides an insightful look into what life was like inside the walls of a concentration camp and shows that hope can not only live but also grow and even blossom even in the harshest conditions. This book shows the magic within music and the power and persistence of a passion.

Reading this book reminded me of a beautiful woman I had the great blessing to know...my
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Darcia Helle
This is a very short novel, barely more than a short story, and sort of a story within a story. It begins in 1991, with the person who now has the Auschwitz violin. That person is thinking back to the origin of the violin, at which time we're taken to the early 1940s and the Auschwitz death camp. At the end, we are then brought through the generations and back to the current owner.

At the heart of the story is horror, heartbreak, and ultimately, tremendous inner strength. However, I was disappoin
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Karen
The Violin of Auschwitz is the story of a violin, made in Auschwitz, by an inmate as a result of a bet between the commandant and the sadistic camp doctor. It isn't the most powerful story of the Holocaust, but I think it is worth reading.
Kate
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A marvelous good read from a simple book~! You can never know what a 128 page book will do to you~! I was even more affected knowing that the documents at the beginning of some chapters were authentic. The detailed description of a life inside a Nazi Concentration Camp was enough for me to stop and think about what it would feel like if I was there? Such a great mix of history and fiction, but with a lesson for mankind. This is a story of a fighting spiri
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Maria Angels Anglada was a Catalan poet and novelist. She was born in Vic, Spain in 1930. She received a degree in Classical Philology at the University of Barcelona. She died in 1999.

Her first novel, Les Closes, won the Josep Pla Prize.

Her 1985 novel Sandàlies d'escuma (Sandals of Foam) won the Lletra d'Or prize.
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