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The Noise of Time Summary Ú 5 ä ❴Reading❵ ➸ The Noise of Time Author Julian Barnes – Insolpro.co.uk ბრიტანელი მწერლის ჯულიან ბარნსის 1946 ბიოგრაფიული რომანის „დროის ხმაური“ მთ ბრიტანელ? სამუდამო კვალს ტოვებს ხელოვანზე რომელიც ცდილობს ნებისმიერ ფასად გადაირჩინოს თავი და ღირებული მუსიკა შექმნას რეჟიმი რომლისთვისაც ჩალის ფასი აქვს ადამია?. Here I am listening to Shostakovich First Piano Concerto and wondering about Julian Barnes latest novel biography Throughout my reading I was asking myself why had he written this book I know his interest in classical music In his The Lemon Table Vigilance in my favorite short story It takes place during a concert in which Shostakovich’s music is played Barnes has also dealt with ‘real people’ in Arthur George in a highly successful fictional recreation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but this was entering a literary area which so far I had not associated with himMoreover Shostakovich in particular has been in the recent literary limelight I have heard that Vollman’s Europe Central which I have not read deals with a very fictional approach with the composer There is also Salomon Volkov’s Testimony The Memoirs which I own but have not yet read This last work occasioned a bitter controversy in The New York Review of Books I sort of perused through the confrontation between Orlando Figes and the Volkov when it took place gosh now two decades ago but cannot review it now since I am no longer subscribed GR takes up all my bookish explorations But as Orlando Figes does not have a reputation of unbreakable honesty I simply could not take sides This confrontation got onto such a high register that a book has been published about it The Shostakovich Wars view spoilernot in GR database yet but here it is in Google books hide spoiler

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??ის სიცოცხლესაც და შემოქმედის მისწრაფებებსაც წიგნის მთავარ გმირს კონფორმიზმისკენ ყველაზე მთავარის დათმობისკენ უბიძგებს არის კი სხვა გზა „დროის ხმაურში?. Move over Martin Amis It's time for another episode of English author does Russia after a fictional love affair in the Gulag as described in House of Meetings this time it is Julian Barnes who steps in and employs a real historical figure as his protagonist one of the most famous contemporary Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich The Noise of Time is divided into three parts each focusing on defining moments from Shostakovich's life during Stalin's reign and after his death The first of these happens in 1936 following an adapted historical event his new opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was not well received by the supremo who left the performance early Stalin condemned the opera and denounced Shostakovich as an enemy of the people banning his work for almost thirty years A vicious article in Pravda said to be authored by Stalin himself denounced the opera as muddle instead of music The novel opens with a haunting image of Shostakovich standing outside his apartment deep in the night in street clothes and with a small suitcase facing an empty elevator He is waiting to be taken away by the NKVD hoping that the secret police will come just for him and not his family But they never do instead of being confined to the claustrophobia of a small prison cell the composer has to endure something much worse the suffocating claustrophobia of an entire society of constant fear where anyone can disappear at a whim of the Power that beHow can an artist follow his personal vision in a totalitarian society This is a uestion at the center of The Noise of Time which has Shostakovich think think and think about it and then think some Although the novel uses real events from Shostakovich's life it is not historical fiction as there is not much of a plot and not much real fiction to be spoken of either rather it's a historical essay on the nature of artistry and freedom of thought in the Soviet Union with Shostakovich as a prime example of a great talent personally targeted and molded by the system Where the book succeeds is as giving the reader an intimate insight into how a creative mind can work in this condition can we stay true to ourselves in an environment which aims to change the mind itself At the same time this very approach to narration is the book's biggest drawback since at all times we are aware that it is not Shostakovich who is speaking or thinking but Julian Barnes who is putting what he thought his thoughts would be into his headThe book is short lean and well written; it contains plenty of observations which are true of Soviet life both during and after Stalin paying close attention to stay faithful to real historical events and characters But it is also the largest problem that I had with it because the author focused on a real historical figure as his narrator I could not stop seeing him behind that figure at all times; instead of Shostakovich's own thoughts and sentences I saw his research and careful writing This is my own problem which I sometimes have with novels featuring historical figures; I just have read enough of history to not be particularly surprised by any of the insights presented withinFor anyone who thinks that the subject of the book sounds even remotely interesting I would also dearly recommend Cze

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The Noise of Timeბრიტანელი მწერლის ჯულიან ბარნსის ბიოგრაფიული რომანის „დროის ხმაური“ მთავარი გმირი დიდი რუსი კომპოზიტორი დიმიტრი შოსტაკოვიჩია სტალინის ეპოქაში ცხოვრებ?. I am inherently drawn to Russian literature or even books set in Russia written by non Russian authors Perhaps it is because the majority of my ancestors come from Russia but regardless of the reason I devour most Russo centric books that I read As I have read through my goodreads friends year end reviews I came across The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes a novella based on the life of famed composer Dmitri Shostakovich Having read Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien earlier this year which featured Shostakovich's music I had my interest piued to read this modern novel And as has been the case with the other books I have read set in Russia or the Soviet Union this year I was not disappointedJulian Barnes is a respected post modern novelist from London His books have been nominated for the Man Booker award three times and The Noise of Time should follow in suit Barnes sets out to piece together Shostakovich's life in three parts or eras pre Stalin the Stalin purge era and the post Stalin Khruschev era Each part of the book takes place in vignettes of Shostakovich's memory set in twelve year periods The composer points out from the book's beginning that during each leap year 1936 1948 1960 he was destined for bad luck This could be in the form of close relatives dying critics denouncing his music as subversive or the government targeting the composer as an enemy of the state Shostakovich despite being revered lived his life in constant fear until Stalin's death as he believed that the government wanted to dispose of him as it had of many artists who had spoken out against the state As a result despite composing nine symphonies Shostakovich did not have an easy lifeToday Shostakovich is regarded in both the west and the Soviet Union yet during Stalin's reign of terror the composer was targeted as both subversive He would have been the regime's biggest catch if he joined the party and head of the union of composers but Shostakovich viewed this as a fate worse than death Yet Stalin himself appreciated the composer's symphonies and for the most part left him alone even if his henchmen did not Shostakovich was never deported or forced to do labor in a gulag as did many famed Russian composers and authors He was considered untouchable yet Barnes can not pinpoint exactly why Stalin and his cronies left him alone Perhaps because his music was regarded in China the Soviets' ally or because after Stravinsky defected to the west that Shostakovich was the top Soviet composer left and the state would be devoid of its top musician should the communists deport or denounce himFrom reading Barnes' work it is clear that he is a gifted writer It is also clear that he has studied Russian literature in depth as he has cited Pasternak Solzhenitsyn and Pushkin in this slim volume That Barnes is from the west and has studied previous biographies written on Shostakovich it is clear that he has a deep appreciation for the musician's work and his history within the communist historical context In each of the three parts of this book a recurring theme is the survival of the noise of time who will outlive the government of the day who will submit to politicians' wishes who will be their own person who will continue to create masterpieces de