It’s just a small story
really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist,
some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus
Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a
foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager
existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she
can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster
father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her
neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in
her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Robert Chauvigny was a classically trained musician and arranged music for Édith Piaf for most of her career. He would also bring the accordionist Marc Bonel to work with the orchestra.
Together with manager Louis Barrier, the three would remain a stable constant throughout Piaf’s life.
Not only did Chauvigny tirelessly play the piano for rehearsal sessions and conduct the orchestra for “Milord” , “Le mots d’amour”, and “Non, je ne regrette rein”, but he provided the mysterious voice for “Un étranger”.