The Mozart Question

By Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

A moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music, from a master storyteller.

When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that it is time for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents as Jewish prisoners of war, forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives. As the story unfolds, the journalist begins to understand the full horror of war, and how one group of musicians survived using the only weapon they had – music.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406312201
  • Published: 03 Nov 2008
  • Price: £6.99
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  • Size: 185 x 156 mm
  • Pages: 80

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'This story finely balances the trauma and the shock of personal memoir ... with a contemporary story of hope and life-affirming recovery.' Guardian

'Wonderful illustrations.' Wells Journal

'The storytelling is superb . . . it makes a good read for those who are short of time but want a quality read. I read it on the daily commute' The Citizen

'The storytelling is superb . . . it makes a good read for those who are short of time but want a quality read. I read it on the daily commute' The Citizen (Gloucester)

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