When faced with a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood and home, Jules—a 74-year-old maitre at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widow, veteran of the war in Algeria and child of the Holocaust—must confront his complex past and find a way forward.
Coming into the possession a mysterious 18th-century sonata manuscript, a young musicologist is astonished by the mastery of the music and embarks on a search for the identities of the composer and the manuscript's true owner.
Gessen traces how within the space of a generation, Russia has succumbed to a more virulent and resistant strain of autocracy as demonstrated by the experiences of four prototype individuals born at the once-presumed dawn of Russian democracy.
Newly promoted after his service during Khrushchev's visit to 1958 Britain, Chief Superintendant Fredrick Troy of Scotland Yard reluctantly accompanies his older brother on a birthday tour of Europe, only to be approached by an old friend, a Soviet spy who is desperate to come back home.
Traces the author's post-retirement work as a surgeon and teacher in such remote areas as Nepal and Ukraine, illuminating the challenges of working in difficult regions and finding purposeful work after a career.
A narrative of intrigue, scandal, and colorful artistic rivalry, this vivid biography shows the great works of western art taking shape under Vasari's keen eye--and reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.