On Tour 5/19/20-7/10/20 ”While The Music Played” by Nathaniel Lande

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Release Date: May 12, 2020

About The Book: 

‘We were the dreamers of dreams, the singers of songs. We were the music makers. We would not hear nor play nor love without each other. This is a prelude to our experience, an overture to who we were and how we arrived on the shores of friendship.”

Beginning in 1939 pre war Prague, While the Music Played focuses on the story of young Max Mueller, a curious bright romantic — a budding musician, piano tuner, and nascent journalist. Max is on the cusp of adolescence when the Nazi influence invades Prague’s tolerant spirit with alarming speed as he struggles to understand the changing world around him. When his father, noted German conductor Viktor Mueller, is conscripted into the German army and finds himself increasingly promoting the Nazi message, Viktor’s best friend, noted Czech composer Hans Krása, protests the occupation in every way he can.

As everyone Max loves is compromised by intolerable conditions, he becomes increasingly isolated, and is forced to find his own way. With each step, Max’s journey grows more conflicted. Music is the one constant connecting him to both the lost childhood he cherishes and the man he still hopes to become. But will it be enough to sustain him against the relentless Nazi threat?

With a seamless blend of historical and fictional characters, told from multiple points of view, and sweeping across the capitals of Prague, London, and Berlin as World War II ravages Europe, this meticulously researched book is unique with its diverse and interweaving narratives, threaded with news accounts, and encompassing some of the most triumphant and devastating moments of the war — from the opera houses of Berlin to the music halls of London and the making of the famous children’s opera Brundibár.

While the Music Played is a lyrical, absorbing, and heartbreaking story of love and courage from the widely revered and bestselling author Nathaniel Lande.

About The Author: 

Nathaniel Lande is a journalist, filmmaker, and the author of twelve books, including Cricket and Dispatches from the Front: A History of the American War Correspondent. A full listing of his works can be found at www.NathanielLande.com. He was creative director for the Magazine Group at Time, Inc.; director of Time World News Service; director of Time-Life Films, where his documentaries won over ten international awards; and executive producer at CBS and NBC Television. Lande was educated at Oxford University; earned his doctorate at Trinity College Dublin, where he was a Distinguished Scholar; and held appointments as professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Reviews:

Publishers Weekly https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-9826-3233-5

Lande’s gripping debut entwines a complex set of relationships brought together by music and disrupted by the Nazis…Lande describes the Nazis’ appreciation for music in stark irony, as Max’s initial respect for a camp commandant’s perfect pitch turns to horror when he learns of the gas chambers. This is a fine addition to the shelf of WWII fiction.” —Publishers Weekly

“Nathaniel Lande has written an epic, compelling and cinematic, richly imagined, often chilling but ultimately life-affirming tribute to the power of music and art, honoring the human spirit.” —Richard Zoglin, contributing editor, Time magazine

“The horrors of the Nazi domination of Europe are seen through the eyes of a son of a famous Czech conductor, whose fictional life is symbolized by a piano tuners red ribbons, interweaves with some of the most important figures of his time. At the heart of the story is the shining light that was Hans Krasa, the creator of the children’s opera, Brundibar, that was used by the oppressors to deceive the world to the true nature of the ‘model’ concentration camp, Tererinstadt. The vast panorama of the war is covered in intimate, yet in epic proportion, (newspaper dispatches with historical accuracy are a remarkable device threading the novel) as the truth slowly dawns on what will befall a civilized and gentle people trapped by hatred and a twisted ideology. The reader is not spared: amazing characters lose their lives, many suffer intolerable circumstance, others live to inspire. Motives and behaviours are—just as in life—kept obscure until the final chapters, when the touchtones from Mark Twain, inspire a flight to freedom. Throughout, the powers of music and Nathaniel Lande’s beautifully written words provide evidence that, even in the darkest times, man’s creativity shines through. While the Music Played is a compelling novel, with brilliant characters never to be forgotten and long remembered.” —Dr. Andrea Tanner, senior fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

“Through an epic WW2 landscape following the footsteps and footfalls of young Max Mueller and David Grunewald, master storyteller Nathaniel Lande has unleashed a moving novel for a new generation of readers. Hans Krasa, the great Viktor Mueller, and Frau Schmidt are memorable characters that seem to jump off the pages, looking to find their way onto a cinematic screen.” —Valcav and Zdena Flegl, senior correspondents, Český rozhlas, Czech Radio Prague

Bloggers on Tour: 

May 19th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

May 20th – Mrs Boom Reads https://instagram.com/mrsboomreads

May 21st-   Tales From The Book Dragon https://instagram.com/tales.from.the.book.dragon

May 22nd- Bibliolau https://instagram.com/bibliolau19 

May 22nd – Well Read Traveler https://instagram.com/wellreadtraveler 

May 23rd – David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan 

May 25th –  Jane Pettitt https://instagram.com/pettittjane

May 28th – The Mary Reader https://instagram.com/themaryreader 

May 31st – Michelle Boyea https://instagram.com/michelle_boyea

June 1st-  Lost In A Book After SW https://instagram.com/lostinabookaftersw

June 3rd– Read A Lot Write A Lot https://instagram.com/readalotwritealot

June 6th – Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook 

June 8th –  Megs Book Club https://instagram.com/megsbookclub 

June 10th – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

June 10th – Read With Me https://instagram.com/readwithme702

June 15th – Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads

June 17th -Sue Roberts http://girl-who-reads.com/

June 18th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com

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June 19th – Reading With Mere- https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

June 25th  – Midwest Ladies Who Lit http://www.mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/

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June 30th – Iowa Amber Reads-  https://instagram.com/iowaamberreads 

July 1st -Bookapotamus https://instagram.com/bookapotamus

July 4th – Trapped Inside Stories https://instagram.com/trappedinsidestories

July 5th – Marisa Gothie https://www.instagram.com/marisagbooks

July 6th – Reading Girl Reviews https://instagram.com/readinggirlreviews

July 7th – Angela Reads Books https://instagram.com/angelareadsbooks 

July 8th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks 

July 9th – Sarah And Her Bookshelves-  https://instagram.com/sarahandherbookshelves

July 10th – Haley Reads  https://instagram.com/haley__reads_

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