The book of the week from Waterstone’s in Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn, is The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes.
This novel starts in May 1937, when a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House.
Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.
The Noise of Time is an illuminating fictionalised memoir of the Soviet composer and pianist, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, a mere mortal suffering in the constant battle between the gods of Power and Art, under the glare of Joseph Stalin.
Despite the battle raging on tirelessly through the decades of Shostakovich’s career, the reader follows a man who is wearied, pummelled and possibly weakened by its lack of resolve, but ultimately unbroken.
For your chance of winning a copy of the book, supplied by Waterstone’s of Norfolk Street, Lynn, just answer this question:
In which Russian city does the action start?
Send your answer on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope with your name, address and a daytime telephone number to Waterstone’s Noise of Time, Newsdesk, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL.
You can also email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org; please type Waterstones Noise of Time in the subject box and include your contact details. The closing date for your entries is Thursday, January 19, 2017.