The End of Romance by Norma Barzman
A Memoir of Love, Sex, and the Mystery of the Violin

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Norma Barzman is a blacklisted writer living in Southern France. Henry Myers is her beloved cousin, a former member of the Algonquin circle who has found his writing talent diminished with age, and is living an isolated life in New York City. When Norma invites Henry to Italy to realize their mutual dream of traveling together to Cremona to write about the mysterious origins of violin making, neither one could have anticipated the explosive consequences of their journey. But their adventure opens a Pandora's box of long-suppressed emotions, family secrets, and forces each to reassess their feelings towards each other, and themselves. As Norma recognizes her growing emotional independence, both from Henry and her over-bearing husband Ben, she gains the confidence to delve into the suppressed history of Cremona whose sun-bleached walls hide dangerous secrets, intrigue, and the shameful history of anti-Semitism in Italy. Combining the romance of Frances Haye's Under the Tuscan Sun with the historical depth of a Sebastian Falks novel, The End of Romance is an iridescent book that explores and illuminates the enduring mysteries of love and music.
 

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Norma Barzman is a screenwriter and novelist who lives in Beverly Hills. She is the author of the celebrated memoir THE RED AND THE BLACKLIST. She had the great honor of being attacked by Ann Coulter in her book TREASON. She has worked for the Los Angeles Examiner, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She was the wife of blacklisted screenwriter Ben Barzman.
 
Published March 22, 2006 by Nation Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Barzman still manages to become enthralled not only by the town’s historic violin makers (including the Amati family and Stradivari himself), but the possibility that Jews, once hounded from Cremona, may have been instrumenta, so to speak, in establishing the manufacture of violins.

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Barzman's latest takes place during 10 days in Cremona and Venice, Italy, in 1973-10 days she happened to leave out of her previous memoir, The Red and the Blacklist.

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