Finished the book and still regard it as highly as before, if not a little higher, people change and I am not the person I was when I first read it nearly 15 years ago but still the book touches mt heart and mind and I think that is a rare event reserved for just a few, Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders will always be the first film that did this to me, I have seen thousands since and love many but none have the power, I guess the only conclusion to be arrived at here is that the first time, will be the last, for ever – debatable but probably true.
The key characters and events to consider and to imagine for the music are.
Mendel – the watchmaker, through his story it is clear that confusion always reigns in his mind, his life and his dreams- especially the one where his watches and clocks go backwards. Mendel needs movement and direction.
Leonid – he tells us nothing, and does not know where he goes or why, he changes dramatically and after he dies, his memory is forgotten.
Polina – the Red Army Pilot is the only real and actual person in the book – one appearance but memorable in the sense that the majority of Red Army pilots were women.
Gedelah – he is a different person each time the journey moves, in modern terms he would probably be similar to Dr Ernesto “Che” Guevara, his fiddle/violin is a key part of the story and the music within.
Isidor and White Rokhele – the union, the pregnancy. the marriage and the birth of the child on the same day as the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima.
August – November 1943 – so many false starts, nice beginnings to the journey then they disintegrate too often.
A key theme is that they can trust no one, every one, every thing has two faces and it is never clear which face appears.
Interruptions by the music of peace is Levi’s description of the sounds of nature, a beautiful thought.
Musically there should be more confusion than clarity.
First thoughts are that this will be a very hard attempt, both musically and spiritually – both Levi and myself are total athiests, we know that there is no God and his sheep do not have copyright control over the term spirituality.