Monday Evening Book Club October Selection

Us conductorsThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on October 19th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss the 2014 Giller Prize novel titled Us Conductors, in which I seek the heart of Clara Rockmore, my one true love, finest Theremin player the world will ever know, by Sean Michaels.

About this award-winning book:

A beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by the life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy Lev Termen – the inventor of the theremin: an eerie, peculiar musical instrument played with the hands moving through the air but not touching the machine. In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, “Us conductors” takes readers from the glitz and glam of New York in the 1930s to the gulags and scientific camps of the Soviet Union. The novel builds to a crescendo as Termen is sent to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought back to Moscow, where he is asked to eavesdrop on Stalin himself.

Website for Us Conductors

Author Biography

Author Interview

Youtube Interview

Book Review

Léon Theremin on Wikipedia

Youtube – Theremin playing his own instrument

Youtube – Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin

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