This month sees the release of Julian Barnes’ latest novel The Noise of Time. The novel tells the tale of Shostakovich in Russia between 1936 and 1960, and his struggle under the Stalinist regime. If you or someone you know has enjoyed The Noise of Time, why not give The Conductor by Sarah Quigley a try?
Set in 1941 during the siege of Leningrad, The Conductor is the story of the 'Leningrad Symphony' told from the point of view of Shostakovich and the conductor Karl Eliasberg. In the midst of the famine and hardship, this music was a powerful symbol of inner strength and resistance.