The subject of the noise in time is not the brave doomed mandelstam though but a rarer genius one whose art continued to flourish despite the oppressive attentions of the soviet authorities dmitri shostakovich. Yet here in the noise of time that same distancing of emotion works in part because the only way a man can find the courage to stand night after night by an elevator waiting to be arrested is by distancing himself from emotion and by showing us a man who will sacrifice himself to save his wife and children you have automatically presented someone the reader can empathize with not a . Angela merkel on the noise of time ive read a book on shostakovich by julian barnes also in connection with a performance of lady macbeth of mtsensk which i attended a while ago in salzburg. The noise of time by julian barnes 201 pp alfred a knopf 2595 its risky business to speak for the dead in the terrible case of dmitri shostakovich the temptation is strong because history in the form of stalin didnt allow the composer to speak for himself of course theres the . Book review the noise of time by julian barnes julian barnes slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer dmitri shostakovich suffered under repressive soviet regimes and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art
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