The Sound of Piano Under Fascism


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A Jewish pianist named Alpha, and a German officer named Gein.

Two people meet in the fire of war, but couldn’t love each other…

A sad love song…staged at the wrong place and at the wrong time…

This novel was inspired by a manga called Netsu no Ori by Inariya Fusanosuke.

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Staringatastar rated it
June 27, 2020
Status: Completed
It makes me sad that this novel is so poorly rated. I'm guessing the bad ratings might be due to the non consensual s*x. Or perhaps the historic impracticality of the story.

However I thought that this story was bittersweet and fairly well translated. I don't like WWII stories but I didn't mind that as much as I'd feared (maybe because the setting was more of a scaffolding for the plot than historical documentation).

If you don't mind tragedy and initially forced relationship, this is a good novel.
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Chuck7758521 rated it
November 13, 2020
Status: c0
I'm afraid to read this. Because other countries have different histories and that's why I'm very afraid to read something that will cause me emotional trauma. But you should read this and it's a recommendation my compensation for a possible masterpiece

The topic of world War II is very sensitive, so I don't want to touch the already swaying boat. Because my ancestors participated in these two warriors. (I'm from Russia)
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Alymirra rated it
August 3, 2022
Status: Completed
I've long been a fan of Inariya Fusanosuke's works (my favorite being Zion no Koeda) so when I saw that this novel was inspired by one of her works I just had to give it a shot despite being terrified of tragedy tags.

Most of this notably is because Inariya's works (especially her WWII works) tend to end on the side of bittersweet. AKA her characters end up battered and bruised, scarred mentally and emotionally but together: always reunited and hopefully moving on to something better.

Now for my review of the... more>> story itself:

First of all, if you plan on reading this novel, I highly recommend first reading the oneshot manga it was inspired by, Netsu no Ori. It makes the beginning of the novel much easier on the heart.

Second, this is definitely a novel to be read in one sitting if possible. Each chapter builds upon the previous ones to create unique character depth that allows you to truly resonate with the emotions of the characters in a manner rarely seen in short stories. In simpler terms, reading it in one sitting pulls better at the heartstrings.

Third, tragic ending (spoilers) ? Was the overarching plotline of the novel tragic? Yes.

Gein physically disables Alpha's legs so he can't run away from Berlin. Later he breaks Alpha's fingers to prevent him from playing the piano again (he does this one to protect Alpha's life). **time skip** On the day of their marriage (yes, Gein gives up being a general to return to Austria for Alpha), Alpha is persuaded by the Allies to steal an important military letter Gein's father sent him which causes Gein's father's death. Gein himself is forced back to Germany to fight in his father's place as a result


Was the ending?

Yes. Bittersweet with a heap of bitter. Gein gives Alpha a drug that would erase his memory, his own eyes (like an organ doning surgery because Alpha blinds himself), delivers him to an Allies barracks, and then kills himself. Alpha spends the rest of his life living in an unknown nostalgia and right as he passes away from old age he regains his memory. The two are reunited in death with the lines:
He thought he should know who the owner of these eyes was. He gazed at the person in front of him for a long time, and walked towards him with a smile.....


Final thoughts? The author crafted a magnificent story truly in the fashion of Inariya if not a little more bitter. The translator did a fantastic job conveying the story in a way that allows the reader to be immersed in the plot not the formatting. The novel was heavy (tragedy) primarily in the emotions that it conveyed rather than the world setting or physical actions of the characters. And for now, my heart needs to rest. <<less
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