HAPPENED TODAY - On September 28, 1952, the composer Paul Hastings Allen died in Boston.

“Berlin, 1988. Playing in the attic I discovered a cello that belonged to my grandmother. Since I was allowed to take him in my arms, we never left each other. Many years ago, my parents fled from East Berlin with that instrument, but my grandparents stayed on the other side of the wall. Today, however, more and more people are protesting, people manifest in the streets against that wall that will soon have to fall! “

On November 9th, 1989, thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell, the symbol of a deep rift that divided not only a city but the whole world. This historical story is addressed in the book with a cut suitable for children. The protagonist is a boy like many others, fascinated by mysterious places to explore, that finds in the attic of his house a fascinating and mysterious object, which symbolically represents the suffering of a people.

Fleeing from East Berlin, his parents brought with them the instrument that perhaps better than any other can give voice to pain as if they wanted to carry with them the voice of that grandmother who remained on the other side of the wall. And so the cello, little by little, finds its voice in the hands of the little musician and guides him to discover music, but also to discover the history of his family. A story like that of many other Berliners of the time, marked by pain, but at the same time by the hope of a new world.

The cello of the little protagonist of the story seems to open the way, with his still timid and uncertain voice, to the warm and sure voice of the cello by Mstislav Rostropovich, who on November 11th 1898, playing Bach in front of the ruins of the Wall, was able to express wonderfully that intertwining of pain, fear and hope that at that moment filled the hearts of all Berliners.

The beautiful illustrations of Pinho and Silvia accompany young readers in a simple and delicate way on a fascinating journey through historical facts that form the basis of our present.

The beautiful illustrations of Pinho and Silvia accompany young readers in a simple and delicate way on a fascinating journey through historical facts that form the basis of our present.

Adéle Tariel, born in Angers in 1979, is a journalist and writer who dedicates her creative activity to young people in particular. Its goal is to make children aware of the world in which they live. His books often tell stories related to historical facts, and address issues related to legality, social equality, consumerism, ecology. Among his many works, La Rèvolte des Cocottes e Mon papi peuplier deserve special mention. The last was selected in 2015 for the Michel Tournier prize.

ADELE TARIEL

Aria per violoncello
(translated by Stefano Viviani)
Curci (October 9, 2019)
pp.44
ISBN-10: 8863953031
ISBN-13: 978-8863953039

ADELE TARIEL
Un air de violoncelle
Kilowatt (August 19, 2016)
pp.48
ISBN-10: 2917045418
ISBN-13: 978-2917045411