Us Conductors

October 6, 2015|
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
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Winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Us Conductors takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union. On a ship steaming its way from Manhattan back to Leningrad, Lev Termen writes a letter to his “one true love”, Clara Rockmore, telling her the story of his life. Imprisoned in his cabin, he recalls his early years as a scientist, inventing the theremin and other electric marvels, and the Kremlin’s dream that these inventions could be used to infiltrate capitalism itself. Instead, New York infiltrated Termen – he fell in love with the city’s dance clubs and speakeasies, with the students learning his strange instrument, and with Clara, a beautiful young violinist.

Amid ghostly sonatas, kung-fu tussles, brushes with Chaplin and Rockefeller, a mission to Alcatraz, the novel builds to a crescendo: Termen’s spy games fall apart and he is forced to return home, where he’s soon consigned to a Siberian gulag. Only his wits can save him, but they will also plunge him even deeper toward the dark heart of Stalin’s Russia.

Us Conductors
is a book of longing and electricity. Like Termen’s own life, it is steeped in beauty, wonder and looping heartbreak. 

SEAN MICHAELS is a novelist, short-story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland, and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His award-winning writing has also appeared in The Observer, McSweeney''s, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Maisonneuve, ...
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Title:Us Conductors
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:368 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:368 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 1 in
Published:October 6, 2015
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780345813336

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