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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 January 1st 1387)
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arcobaleno
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.
A.J.
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
Carol
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
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.
Simone Fregona
Beautiful book! Short but deeply intense! I read it twice in one week..
Beautiful !
pianogal
This book is short and forgettable.
Ellen
painfully unoriginal
Amandine
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

...more
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
“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...more
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.
Selena
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...more
Tiesiog Efka
May 27, 2014 Tiesiog Efka rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Violinists, Italy fans.
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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.
M
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
Alisea
È la fine del XVII secolo. Johannes, genio musicale precoce, rimane ferito nel corso della campagna napoleonica in Italia. Accolto e curato dal liutaio Erasmus, il giovane apprende nuove notizie su Carla Farenzi, una misteriosa dama fugacemente incontrata tempo prima. Il liutaio gli rivela poi il segreto di un violino nero, da lui stesso costruito, che canta con la voce suadente e incantatrice della donna. Dopo averlo sentito suonare la vita di Johannes, come uomo e come artista, resterà incaten...more
Georgiana 1792
Non è che non mi sia piaciuto, l'idea era molto bella, con il violino che riproduce fedelmente la voce della Donna dei sogni, un alone di mistero che pervade tutta la storia. Bella anche la narrazione divisa in due sezioni, una in cui il protagonista è Johannes, il violinista, scritta in terza persona, e l'altra in cui il protagonista è Erasmus il liutaio, che diventa narratore, quindi scritta in prima persona.
Non mi è piaciuta l'essenzialità, non che di solito mi piacciano i fronzoli in un ro...more
Spetty84
Divorato anche questo, ma Neve mi era entrato più dentro..amo però lo stile delicato di questo autore..
Arthur

Another book I read five years ago. I had seen the movie"The Red Violin" and found the book while browsing through my neighborhood book store.
I remember it being a great tale about a black violin not unlike "The Red Violin" bu somehow having more spiritual depth and with more intrigues involved as the black violin went from one owner to another.
At 133 pages it could be read in one sitting or in two sittings if one has the time.
Anastasia
A very light, easy, and slim novella that tells the story of Johannes, a child prodigy.
Johannes can play the violin with unmatched skill. The French war brings him to Venice where he meets an old secretive violin maker named Erasmus.
Erasmus holds the secret to a black violin which he unveils only once to Johannes.
The violin holds a curse and ensnares young Johannes.
Mehrad Motamedi
وقتی که عاشق باشی و من از عشقی راستین سخن می گویم , محال است که عشق خود را از خاطر ببری , هیچ چیز بد تر از آن نیست که در طول زندگی ات یک بار طعم شادی حقیقی را بچشی . چه , در پس آن , هر چیز دیگر تو را اندوهگین می سازد , حتی ساده ترین چیز ها
Aimee
This was an interesting read, but way too short. I would have loved to know about these characters and their secrets.
Bengt Renolen
One of my favourite books about love, intense, sad, tragic even, and beautiful...
Reza
هیچ چیز بدتر از ان نیست که در طول زندگیات یک بار طعم شادی حقیقی را بچشی.
Christopher
Beautiful book...Incredibly written with passion, mystery and love for art
Laura Papa
delicate and sweet as the music of a violin
Luna
Non so..... non mi ha coinvolto pi� di tanto.
Jean-Luc
très beau conte sur la musique
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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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