Today I’m so thrilled to be hosting the blog tour for extraordinary JSS Bach by Martin Goodman
J SS Bach is the story of three generations of women from either side of Germany’s 20th Century horror story – one side, a Jewish family from Vienna, the other linked to a ranking Nazi official at Dachau concentration camp – who suffer the consequences of what men do. Fast forward to 1990s California, and two survivors from the families meet. Rosa is a young Australian musicologist; Otto is a world-famous composer and cellist. Music and history link them. A novel of music, the Holocaust, love, and a dog. The author’s writing is a wonderland, captivating and drawing the reader in to the presented world. Time becomes no object as a literary universe unfolds and carries the reader through eighty years, where emotions are real and raw and beautifully given.
This is such an extraordinary novel and a beautiful piece of literary based on very real events. A novel that is both beautiful and yet heartbreaking at the same time. There is no shortage of books inspired by the holocaust and the horrors endured by the Jewish community living in Germany and beyond, but I feel that it is a story that needs to be told again and again and again. Martin Goodman approaches the subject in a unique and beautiful direction. This is not only an example of the evil that can be found in our world but also of the beauty. Otto endured so much when taken to a concentration camp where he spent the early war years. Through his story Martin explores the despicable treatment that the Jewish community faced in what the Nazi’s considered the need for ‘purity’. How does one endure so much hate? For Otto an escape into his love of music literally saves his life but in doing so also entwines his path with that of the wife of a German Nazi officer, the effects of which will be felt throughout the rest of his life.
This is an absolutely stunning novel that tackles this heavily covered subject with new vigour and fresh perspective. The ripples of what happened during this time in history need to be remembered, now more than ever. An absolutely stunning piece of writing that I thoroughly recommend.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. I am again stunned by the quality and beauty of the books you bring to me.
JSS Bach by Martin Goodman is published by Wrecking Ball Press
About the author
Martin Goodman was born in Leicester, and has lived and worked in China, Qatar, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and France. Travel forms a large part of his writing: both for strictly travel-related books and also for novels and biographies. His first novel ON BENDED KNEES was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, and his most recent biography SUFFER AND SURVIVE won 1st Prize, Basis of Medicine in the BMA Book Awards 2008. He is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull. He lives in Hull, London and the French Pyrenees. ‘Such narrow, narrow confines we live in. Every so often, one of us primates escapes these dimensions, as Martin Goodman did. All we can do is rattle the bars and look after him as he runs into the hills. We wait for his letters home.’; ~ The Los Angeles Times