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A saga of a magnificent violin, "Antonietta", named after a beautiful woman who was the inspiration of Antonio Stradivari's later years. As Hersey brings Mozart, Berlioz, and Stravinsky to life, he offers us a marvelous celebration of the changing character and eternal art and power of music.
Winner of a 1945 Pulitzer Prize. An Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists.
The pleasures of a summer's blue fishing off Martha's Vineyard are marvelously evoked as John Hersey reflects upon the angler's art, wonders of the teeming oceans where fish and fisherman confront each other, and the web of interdependence they share.
This is a novel of an investigation into the activities of Mr. Wissey Jones, a stranger who comes to the town of Pequot on urgent defense business. His business is to buy for his corporation children of a certain sort, in this case a ten-year-old named Barry Rudd, a budding genius of potentially critical value. A hearing is held and questions are asked: exactly why does Mr. Jones' company buy children, and will it succeed in buying Barry?
Nero's secret police believe they have come on the first hints of a plot against the emperor's life. Once a promising and gifted friend of poets, pupil of the great Seneca, Nero has bloodied himself and grown fat on power. Crass, mediocre men -- the military and the secret police -- now have his ear. While he and his court give themselves to pleasures increasingly perverse and dissipated, the secret police close in on (or do they foment, or imagine?) the conspiracy of the men of letters.
An anthology of eleven short stories: God's Typhoon, Peggety's Parcel of Shortcomings, Fling, The Blouse, The Announcement, Why Were You Sent Out Here?, Requiescat, The Captain, Mr. Quintillian, The Terrorist, and Affinities.
Memories and tales from the survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. 37 years later, Hersey went back to Japan. The final chapter is what he found there.
Hersey gives insightful details concerning the jungle environment, recounts conversations among the men before, during, and after the battle at Guadalcanal, and describes how the wounded were evacuated as well as other works of daily heroism.
Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him.
Hersey conveys the result of overpopulation in his quietly imaginative portrayal of a fiction world in which people can't get away from each other.
A young American engineer sent to China to inspect the unruly Yangtze River travels up through the river's gorges searching for dam sites. Pulled on a junk hauled by forty-odd trackers, he is carried, too, into the settled, ancient way of life of the people of the Yangtze -- until the interplay of his life with theirs comes to a dramatic climax.
John Hersey's novel documents the Warsaw ghetto both as an emblem of Nazi persecution and as a personal confrontation with torture, starvation, humiliation, and cruelty -- a gripping and visceral story, impossible to put down.
This work is not intended as prophecy; perhaps it should be thought of as an extended dream about the past, for in this story, as in dreams, invisible masks cover and color known faces, happenings are vaguely familiar yet "different," time is fluid, and there is a haunting feeling that people just like us, and maybe we ourselves, have lived in such strange places as these. It is, in short, a history that might have been, a tale of an old shoe on a new foot.
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