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Wolf Wondratschek, Mara

“I want to tell you a story, my story, if I may the story of a cello. Because this is what I am, a cello. May I introduce myself? My surname is Stradivarius. I came to the world in Cremona in 1711, in the workshop of the master Antonio Stradivari, and – what can I do about it? – I was born famous. As for this, I have nothing to do with it. A matter of luck, I immediately had a name and soon a nickname (or a noble title, if you prefer) that I still own, Mara. The world calls me Mara. The Mara. The famous, very famous Mara”.

Mara speaks in the book in the first person and tells his story, using a prestigious language: he is proud of his noble name, the genesis of an existence destined for something extraordinary. But what he tells is real life, with all its value at times dramatic. A life divided between the speculation of financiers, bankers, and collectors who compete for his destiny and the loving use of musicians who embrace him to free his creative soul. His sound. There is no lack, as in every life, of moments of dramatic suffering. In his existence, however, Mara fights to preserve his identity in opposition or symbiosis to that of those who own him. A book that introduces the reader to the mystery of love for art, music, and creativity.

Wolf Wondratschek was born in 1943 in Thuringia. His education ranges from literature to philosophy to sociology. In the sixties, he was the editor of the magazine Text + Kritic. He writes several works, including The girl and the knife thrower (1997) and also The hairdresser of Mozart (2002). Engaged on tours in America, he lectures at American universities. He lives between Munich and Vienna.


Mara (Spanish)
Alianza Editorial Sa; Translation edition (30 Mar. 2006)
ISBN-10: 8420647594
ISBN-13: 978-8420647593

Mara (German)
Ullstein eBooks (15 Mar. 2019)
Kindle Edition

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