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There were many musical souls adrift on that raft of silence that is Venice. There was the music of Johannes Karelsky.There was the music of Erasmus, the violin maker. And there was the music of war. But of that, the two men never spoke.From the internationally acclaimed author of "Snow" comes a timeless tale of love and music set against the romantic backdrop of eighteent ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 18th 2003 by Atria Books (first published April 1st 2003)
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
تذكرت وأنا أخوض أولى تجاربي مع ماكسس فرمين عبارة للروائي الفرنسي لويس آراجون يقول فيها : الروائي بشكل عام لا يحصر جهده فقط بالسرد القصصي. القصة ثانوية في الرواية.

فإن أمعنّا النظر في هذه الرواية سنجد أن القصة لا تشكل أهمية بقدر أهمية الأسلوب الأدبي الفريد الذي يسير عليه مؤلفها، ففيرمين يتميز بعزوفه عن التعقيد في تركيب الشخصيات، وتعفّفه عن الإسراف في استخدام الشعر والمجازات.

انظروا إليه وهو يتحدث عن بطل الرواية جوان

"كان عازف كمنجة محترفًا، لم يكن يعزف بيديه وإنّما بقلبه"

أو عندما يصف طقوس عزف الكم
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غيث حسن
Jun 10, 2016 غيث حسن rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إذا أردت أن تكتب رواية عظيمة ليس بالضرورة أن تقبل على مباهج التصوير والوغول في تعقيد الأحداث، إنما العظمة في تتطلع الرواية إلى ما هو أعلى باستخدام ما هو أدنى، كنشر السلام والحب والخير باستخدام خشبة صغيرة وخيوط دقيقة ... نزعة فلسفية رائعة قام بها الكاتب في الكمنجة السوداء وقدمها لنا بكل سهولة وإبداع.

أشعر أنني الآن أريد الدخول في نوبة موسيقية تستمر طويلا.
Erika
Mar 17, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stelle e mezzo.
Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
رائعة، رائعة، رائعة، من تشبيهات وأحاسيس ماكسنس الدقيقة إلى الإخراج الفني الممتاز، رواية موسيقية من الدرجة الأولى.
لأول مرة يحدث لي، أن أشعر بحاجة شديدة لسماع صوت أم كلثوم وأنا أقرأ كتاب ما، من الروايات التي جددت روح الجمال فيني.
arcobaleno
Feb 02, 2013 arcobaleno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro che tieni in mano poco tempo, tanto dura poco la sua lettura, proprio come un sogno. Una donna e un violino che si sovrappongono nei pensieri dei due protagonisti, un violinista e un liutaio, stregati dalla musica; sullo sfondo una Venezia di fine 700 che nasconde la sua agonia nella follia del carnevale: anche il sogno è follia! lo stile è stringato, semplice e poetico.
Mariam Hamad
Oct 15, 2015 Mariam Hamad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لأول مرة أقرأ موسيقى على شكل رواية، أو هي رواية على هيئة موسيقية.. وأنت تقرأ لا تملك إلا أن تستحضر صوت عزف الكمان في رأسك، في تمازج عجيب بين الأحداث والصوت المتردد في الذاكرة.
أسرني أسلوب الكاتب البسيط، أعتقد أنني أميل للرومانسية البسيطة التي لا تحتمل تعقيدات الأدب. لا أعرف لم أخذتني الرواية إلى أجواء حكايات عالمية، ربما بسبب الرسومات الجميلة المرفقة بها.

أعجبتني كثيرا!
Mattias
Interesting book. One gets introduced in the world as a musician, and their love for music. At the beginning one follows a muscial genious Johannes, then by faith his gets to know a master violin maker which has an intriging story to tell.

I wanted to read more. It ends way too quickly.
Anon-Nat
Aug 10, 2011 Anon-Nat added it
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A wonderfully written story. so simple yet so sad and heartbreaking. A good book to read.
Nwaf
Jan 09, 2016 Nwaf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
رواية جميلة وقصيرة جعلتني أعشق سماع عزف الكمنجة
Gala
En El violín negro se tratan temas como la música, la soledad, el amor, la pasión, el talento. Todos ellos confluyen en una nouvelle que atrapa por su simpleza, por su narrativa poética y por tener unos personajes entrañables.

Johannes es un prodigio del violín: "Por una curiosa inclinación que rayaba la locura, Johannes Karelsky nunca tuvo otra meta en la existencia que transformar su vida en música". Desde niño se nota a la legua su talento. Pero cuando ya tiene edad, es reclutado por las trop
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A.J.
Feb 22, 2011 A.J. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's something of a challenge to review a book when it's possible to blink and miss three chapters. Strictly speaking I would not call French author Maxence Fermine's The Black Violin a novel, whatever the cover wants me to believe. This is a fairy tale that wishes it was a novel. Retail value is somewhere around sixteen dollars. Through imaginative layout it manages to stretch itself into 130 pages. It even splits its anxious time evenly between two characters over a half a century. Yet style a ...more
Giulia
Sep 23, 2015 Giulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Che altro dire se non "Fermine ti amo?"
È incredibile questo autore francese. Mi fa sognare ogni volta. E ogni volta è come camminare sulle nuvole, respirare il paradiso, guardare il sole allo zenit senza l'ausilio di alcuna protezione di sorta.
È calore liquido che incendia la gola, è svegliarsi dopo un lungo letargo e sentirsi scuotere le membra dalla vita che pulsa tutto intorno.
Maxence Fermine, sei un genio!!
E con questo romanzo concludo la trilogia dei colori :)
Carol
Jun 02, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Beautiful writing. In 1797, violin prodigy Johannes Karelsky arrives in Venice after fighting with Napoleon's army in the Italian campaign. Johannes wants to write the greatest opera of all time. Erasmus, an elder violin maker, wants to make the greatest violin ever--"the Black Violin" which he created for the beautiful voice of Carla. Erasmus forbids Johannes to touch the Black Violin because he says, "you will never be the same again." Johannes becomes obsessed in his quest for love and the hi ...more
So92
Jul 22, 2015 So92 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Questo libro è stato una piacevolissima sorpresa, durata purtroppo solo il tempo di un viaggio andata e ritorno da casa a Savona. Avevo sentito parlare molto bene di "Neve" (che poi non si è rivelato quel gran capolavoro) e meno bene di questo, ma tra i due e' il secondo ad aver centrato maggiormente (anche se non in pieno) i miei interessi. Il voto sarebbe un 3,5 pieno e meritato. Questo volume ha il potere di richiamare veramente il colore nero, a differenza di "Neve" in cui si, il bianco ci s ...more
بدر الشيباني
الفنتازيا و المشاهد التي يصورها العقل من وقع الكلمات جميلة للغاية ، الكاتب يحملك للبندقية بأبسط طريقة ممكنة ، دون تعقيد ، وهذا أمر جيد وسيء في آن واحد .
اشد ما كانت تفتقده هذه الحكاية هي غزارة التفاصيل والمغزى .
Simone Fregona
Jun 07, 2013 Simone Fregona rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book! Short but deeply intense! I read it twice in one week..
Beautiful !
Erich
Mar 06, 2016 Erich rated it liked it
Not much to it, actually. Nice writing, fairy tale, intriguing old man... Interesting premise, but puzzlingly and almost miraculously free of tension. This could have been like Faust, but instead it was "Death in Venice" without any strawberries or redheads.

Three stars for the writing. If I find out that Maxence Fermine had anything to do with all the white-space that makes up about half of this 107-page "novel," I'll demote it to two stars. As it is, it looks like a cash-in by Astria Press on t
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Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi
Sep 01, 2015 Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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رائعة جداً! كم تمنيت أن كانت أطول بقليل
pianogal
Sep 20, 2007 pianogal rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
This book is short and forgettable.
Amandine
Jan 17, 2012 Amandine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après la poésie, c’est le thème de la musique que Maxence Fermine exploite dans son second roman, ce magnifique Violon noir. Il le fait à travers la rencontre d’un grand violoniste, Johannes Karelsky, et du meilleur luthier d’Italie, Erasmus. Tous deux sont unis par l’amour de la musique, mais également par une certaine capacité au rêve. De plus, le même songe d’une femme les hante, nuit après nuit. Par petites touches narratives, que j’aimerais parfois voir plus étoffées, l’auteur égrène les no ...more
Eleclyah

Il violino nero, dopo L'apicoltore e Neve, e dopo Opium, conferma e in parte smentisce quel che già pensavo di Fermine.
Fermine è un autore che, utilizzando poche parole, cerca di evocare sensazioni profonde, suggestioni ed emozioni... ma nel mio caso fallisce miseramente!

Nella storia ci sono pochissimi personaggi, due di rilievo e uno di sfondo (eppure altrettanto importante, se non di più): un numero troppo esiguo perché la storia non risulti scontata.
Ad una trama fioca si aggiunge uno stile ch

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Pete Young
The second in Fermine’s ‘Colours’ trilogy, each of which stand alone as stories of people whose lives are defined by colour. Unlike the first in this trio, Snow (about a young Japanese poet who writes haikus about snow), The Black Violin is a darker tale set in the 18th century Napoleonic wars: a young soldier who is also a genius with the violin is posted to Venice where he encounters Erasmus, understudy to the Stradivari family and creator of a violin imbued with a dark soul of its own that so ...more
Ametista
Jul 25, 2012 Ametista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“È interessante suonare quel violino nero?” gli domandò Johannes il terzo giorno.
Erasmus sollevò lo sguardo, e un leggero pallore gli velò il viso.
“Quel violino? Vi consiglio di non sfiorarne nemmeno una corda.”
“Perché? É così scadente da non meritare d’essere suonato?”
“Al contrario! É lo strumento più straordinario che io conosca. Un semplice alito basta a farlo vibrare. Ma la musica che ne scaturisce è talmente strana da poter cambiare la vita di chi lo suoni. É come la felicità. Una volta che
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Isaí Moreno
Esperaba más de esta brevedad de novela, ante todo porque la cuarta me vende al autor como un 'escritor zen'. Sabemos y esperamos que una nouvelle compense en densidad lo que no tiene en extensión. Así promete este libro, que pronto se derrumba, contando una historia cursi, torpe imitación del El retrato oval, de Poe. Desde el primer tercio del libro sentí que me daban gato por liebre, pero me atreví a su finalización dado el poco tiempo que me deparó la lectura.
The Tiny Cat
Jul 18, 2009 The Tiny Cat rated it really liked it
As a violinist myself, I find myself deeply absorbed in the story and its descriptions of the legendary black violin. It makes me itch to know that I can't get my hands on a violin equal to it in tone.
Anyways..
Awesome, awesome book! It's a bit on the short side but I believe that shortness does attribute to the general mood of the novel. Johanne was a violin prodigy who played for royalty. At 17, his mother passed away. After that, he was forced to join the army of Napoleon. When he's wounded o
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Leggere A Colori
Dec 02, 2014 Leggere A Colori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
È un romanzo breve, quasi un racconto che lascia tracce di sé durante tutta la lettura che non è soltanto una semplice conoscenza della storia ma diventa un continuo affondo nell’anima.

Continua a leggere su http://www.leggereacolori.com/letti-e...
Marilyn
This is the second time I read this book in one sitting. It is an ARC and it is a fast read. It is a beautiful story and the two main characters are engaging and the author, Ms.Fermine has you feeling their anguish, their pain, the love. This is my daughter's favorite book and now mine.
Efka
May 27, 2014 Efka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Violinists, Italy fans.
Shelves: romanai
Short, but impressive. Beautifully written and involving, despite story is not exactly very original or unheard of. Quite a shame that it takes less than one hour to read whole book. Definitelly would loved a longer, deeper insight into main characters and setting.
Chloé
Jul 18, 2016 Chloé rated it really liked it
L'écriture de Fermine est un voyage à travers nos sens. On écoutes les bruits et les ambiances, on goûte les sensations et les odeurs, tout est vivant.
Ses livres sont des voyages initiatiques... A lire sans modération!
M
Oct 07, 2012 M rated it liked it
In this novella, we are treated to the story of the mysterious black violin. Violin prodigy Johannes had built up a career as a young talent before finding himself drafted into the French army at the end of the 18th century. After a war wound sidelines him, Johannes finds himself helping occupy Venice. There he meets master violin-maker Erasmus, who shares with him chess, liquor, and violins. One night Erasmus tells the backstory of the finely crafted black violin, charging Johannes with its sec ...more
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Ecrivain ayant vécu entre Paris et l'Afrique, Maxence Fermine est l'auteur de plusieurs romans et recueils de nouvelles. En 1999, il se lance en publiant 'Neige' qui est une agréable surprise. Fort de ce premier succès, l'auteur se consacre pleinement à l'écriture. Toujours en 1999, il dévoile son deuxième roman, 'Le Violon noir'. En 2000, il écrit 'L' Apiculteur' qui reçoit le Prix del Duca et le ...more
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