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The Bass Saxophone Kaca Polackova-Henley

The Bass Saxophone

Kaca Polackova-Henley

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ISBN : 9780701123185
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The two haunting, poetic novellas that comprise The Bass Saxophone brilliantly evoke the comedy and sadness of life under the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships. They are prefaced by a remarkable memoir of Skvoreckys jazz-obsessed youth. Jazz is a symbolMoreThe two haunting, poetic novellas that comprise The Bass Saxophone brilliantly evoke the comedy and sadness of life under the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships. They are prefaced by a remarkable memoir of Skvoreckys jazz-obsessed youth. Jazz is a symbol of freedom in both these novellas.In Emoke, which is set in the shadow of the Communist regime, jazz becomes the means by which a jaded young man plots the seduction of a mysterious girl enmeshed in superstition and the occult. Spurned, but fascinated, he is drawn into her tortured existence until catapulted into the final bitter comedy.In The Bass Saxophone a young Czechoslovakian student living under the rule of the Nazis is lured by his love of jazz - the forbidden music - into secretly and dangerously playing in a German band, with bizarre and unexpected results.Written with the lyrical intensity of a great jazz performance, these two extraordinary novellas are among Skvoreckys finest works.