The Game of Opposites by Norman Lebrecht
A Novel

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In an unnamed country at the end of a world war, Paul Miller escapes from a labor camp, collapsing after a few hundred feet. Taken in by a young woman he learns to love, Paul decides to stay where he is, and, as the war ends, he marries, starts a family, and helps to rebuild the village. But Paul is inescapably haunted by his life before the war, by his time in the camp, and by the fact that the people who are now his friends ignored for years the horrors in their midst. So when the camp’s commander suddenly returns to the village, Paul finds himself forced to choose between vengeance and forgiveness. The Game of Opposites is a universal tale of good and evil, and a stunning evocation of the capability for both within us all.

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About Norman Lebrecht

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Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read modern commentators on music, culture, and politics. His Wednesday column in the (London) Evening Standard and on the internet has been described as “required reading”. His BBC Radio 3 show, “Lebrecht Live”, attracts web-listeners from Buenos Aires to Budapest. His many books include The Maestro Myth, When the Music Stops, Mahler Remembered, and Covent Garden: The Untold Story. The Song of Names is his first novel.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published June 14, 2009 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The psychic scars of a death-camp survivor just won't stop itching.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Game of Opposites: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Whitbread First Novel Award–winner Lebrecht (for The Song of Names ) stiffly examines the psychological and moral dilemmas of living in a post-Holocaust wor

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Lebrecht's novel is slowed by an abundance of introspection and flashbacks, but these are minor flaws in what is a thought-provoking and complex look at one man's Hamlet-like moral dilemma.

Aug 08 2009 | Read Full Review of The Game of Opposites: A Novel

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