J SS Bach is the story of three generations of women from either side of Germany’s 20th Century horror story – one side, a Jewish family from Vienna, the other linked to a ranking Nazi official at Dachau concentration camp – who suffer the consequences of what men do.
Fast forward to 1990s California, and two survivors from the families meet. Rosa is a young Australian musicologist; Otto is a world-famous composer and cellist. Music and history link them. A novel of music, the Holocaust, love, and a dog.
‘Most moving and impressive. In J SS Bach Martin Goodman manages an original slant on what has become all too familiar – the ‘Holocaust novel’ – and has created something really worthwhile as a result. It is beautifully structured and has a distinctive and haunting tone. Altogether a very clever and memorable piece of work that deserves to do well.’
– Simon Mawer, author of The Glass Room
Award-winning author Martin Goodman has written ten books, both fiction and nonfiction, and a theme common to much of his fiction is the exploration of war guilt. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull.
On J SS Bach:
“The parts of the novel set in Dachau, Buchenwald, Terezín and Auschwitz ring with a visceral truth.” – The Financial Times
“Looks squarely at the horrors of the 20th century, and old divisions that still fester… This is one powerful story that dares to hope, and shows the way to love.” – Bonnie Greer
“A masterful novel.” – Paul Simon, The Morning Star
On Martin Goodman’s writing:
“Fascinating… Goodman writes enchantingly” – The Literary Review
“Martin Goodman’s work is literary and intimate” – Financial Times