Absolutely On Music
The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, the conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about the nature of music and writing, discussing everything from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, vinyl records to pop-up orchestras, and more. Translated by Jay Rubin, here’s a glimpse into the minds of two masters.
Penguin Random House, Rs 799
The Girl from Venice
This new novel, from the author of Gorky Park, is a World War II love story set in occupied Venice. Cenzo is a world-weary fisherman, determined to sit out the rest of the war, staying out of the way of the SS, and quietly going about his business of fishing in the lagoons of north Italy. One night, instead of pulling in his usual haul, Cenzo fishes a young woman — an Italian Jew — out of the canal.
Simon & Schuster India, Rs 550
The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945,
as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life. Simon & Schuster India, Rs 399