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The Gustav Sonata

(2016)
A novel by

 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother, but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive.

But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country to protect its neutrality. But despite this hard shell, nothing in Gustav's life can be called neutral. Older and increasingly curious about his absent father, Gustav discovers the traces of an erotic love affair - traces which still glow white-hot even now.

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender and spanning the 20th century, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness and, above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime.

Genre: Historical
 
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Used availability for Rose Tremain's The Gustav Sonata


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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-78474-003-9 / 978-1-78474-003-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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September 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata: A Novel
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 0-393-24669-8 / 978-0-393-24669-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata: A Novel
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 0-393-35484-9 / 978-0-393-35484-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

January 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-78470-020-7 / 978-1-78470-020-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-78474-004-7 / 978-1-78474-004-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata: A Novel
Author(s): Rose Tremain
ISBN: 1-68168-272-9 / 978-1-68168-272-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata: A Novel
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2016 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata: A Novel
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   

May 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Gustav Sonata
Author(s): Rose Tremain
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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