I met up recently with the writer and critic Norman Lebrecht to talk about his two novels, The Song of Names (Winner of the 2002 Whitbread First Novel Award) and The Game of Opposites (published in 2009). Click on the image above to watch the complete interview or find out more about the books by clicking on the links below.
Several real-life characters appear in The Song of Names, including the Polish violinist Josef Hassid whose life parallels in some respects that of the novel's main protagonist, Dovidl.
Click on the links in the YouTube player below to listen to recordings made by Hassid in the 1930s and '40s
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Norman's New Novel
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