- Stone, Irving — The Agony and the Ecstasy (439 of 763 pages)
- Morpurgo, Michael — The Mozart Question (68 pages)
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When I was hired to sing Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne in Venice, I searched online for books set in Venice. (I love to do travel-appropriate reading, and I've already read Death in Venice.) I discovered that Michael Morpurgo had written a book that took place in Venice and referred to Mozart's music, and I had to buy it and bring it with me to Venice!
This is a moving story, beautifully illustrated, about a famous concert violinist who never plays Mozart, a reporter who inadvertently asks "The Mozart Question," and the ensuing story of a young boy who discovers his parents once were violinists and wonders why they would keep such a thing secret. When the boy probes, he finds that violins are not the only secret, and he peels back the scab that covered a horrifyingly painful past. The Mozart Question is one of the most touching holocaust stories I have read.