Guilt, confessions and a murderous violin


Jaume Cabré: Confiteor (English title: Confessions) ISBN: 978-2-330-02226-6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The focal point of this novel is a violin built in the 18th century in Italy: the very first “Storioni”. A violin of an extraordinary quality and of exceptional value. A dangerous violin as betrayal, theft and murder follow it from its birthplace in Cremona through the Nazi extermination camps to Franco’s Spain. Its dark secret comes to haunt the young Adrià, violin student and precocious humanist, as his father is killed. It continues to haunt him as it drives a wedge between him as a successful humanities scholar and his Jewish wife Sara. An extremely thrilling novel with many facets, however it requires a certain patience as Cabré jumps from one temporal level to the next, voluntarily blends the characters, the events and the contradictory feelings. An interesting technique, but…

The novel is full of musical references: Brahms, Bruckner, Bartok, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Schubert. But as a link to the novel I picked Pablo de Sarasate’s “Spanish Dances”, representing everything that young Adrià hates about his violin lessons:

In love with a German violinist