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Us Conductors: A Novel by [Michaels, Sean]
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The grace of Michaels's style makes these times and places seem entirely new. He succeeds at one of the hardest things a writer can do: he makes music seem to sing from the pages of a novel Giller Prize jury (Shauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright and Francine Prose) Told with grace and confidence, and in a finely wrought voice, Us Conductors kept surprising me to the end Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child Turns out Sean Michaels might not be able to play the theremin, but he can record the noise of the human heart Glasgow Herald Michaels has a natural gift for bringing us to a time and place which allows the suspension of belief and lets you walk every step of the way with him The Globe and Mail Michaels is clearly a fine writer ... Even with the legacies of Solzhenitsyn towering over him, Michaels brilliantly captures the abject misery and surreal menace of life in the Soviet Union. Termen's level tone serves to amplify the monstrosity of the gulags, and there's a streak of pure Russian gallows humour ... There's no doubt that Michaels has found some extraordinary stories here, and they are well worth retelling -- Orlando Bird Daily Telegraph An enticing, cross-continental escapade buzzing with the electric energy of the Jazz Age ... It takes the real account of a life that was in no way short of excitement and inserts a few pulpier flourishes - a little kung-fu here, a murder or two there - to ramp it up into a really good time. It's a romantic tale set in a highly romanticisable period and while the plot is a flurry of noise and motion under the big city lights, it also has a quiet, reflective side: though its story stands right in the middle of world history in one of its most tumultuous periods, the novel never loses track of the man at the centre of the madness. It's the heartfelt humanity of Lev and the lens through which the novel views him that makes it so compelling -- Ross McIndoe Skinny Elegant and grippingly told ... This is a rich and satisfying read -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times Clever, and hugely entertaining -- Kate Saunders The Times

About the Author

Montreal's Sean Michaels is a writer, critic and founder of the pioneering music blog 'Said the Gramophone'. Born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1982, he has toured with rock bands, scoured the Paris catacombs and contributed to publications including the Guardian, McSweeney's, Pitchfork and Plan B. @stgramophone

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  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935639811
  • Publisher: Tin House Books (June 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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