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Broken Instruments - Recollections Of A Luthier

Broken Instruments - Recollections Of A Luthier

Broken Instruments - Recollection Of A Luthier

Physical Book - £9.99

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It is 1980. Ari Vander pauses from his labours as a Luthier in his Tel Aviv workshop and turns his hand to writing. The time has come to turn back the pages of his life, and to try and make some sense of the shockwaves that changed his life for ever in a Germany he once called home. Music becomes an unexpected ally in a time of turmoil. 


Ari invites you to join him on this literary guided tour of his life. A pathway from persecution to peace. 


Word from the writer - William Varnam

Broken Instruments began as a musical dramatization, but Covid restrictions have prevented it from being staged. The response from the production team was to re-work it as a radio play, which is what we did. So why a book? The answer is a straightforward one. There are many ways to tell a story, and a story worth telling needs to be as accessible as possible. A book therefore is another vehicle for getting an important story out there. “Broken Instruments – Recollections of a Luthier” is by no means a duplicate of the stage script or the radio script, but yes, it does contain some passages of dialogue that can be recognised from both. Importantly, the book allows the reader to go a little deeper into the mind of musician, Luthier and Holocaust survivor Ari Vander. Ari is able to reflect upon his life as he tries to make sense of the human condition and find explanations for the inexplicable.


We are promoting the book as a kind of ‘read in a day’ or equally, a ‘travel companion’. It explores aspects of the Holocaust in ways that the stage and audio versions were not able to. Captioned illustrations accompany the beginning of each chapter. The reader is fee from the constraints that have been necessary during these Covid times, as they open the pages and slip into the story. They will find their own backdrop for this performance as it comes to life in their own unbound imagination in the theatre of the mind.

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    Will be sent via Royal Mail. 


    Refunds only excepted if the item has not be used, its within 14 days, and customers pays for return shipping. 

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