The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis


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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Born in London shortly after WWII and educated at the French Lycee in London, then at Munich University, Simon Goodman entered the music business in the late 1960s, specializing in breaking new British artists abroad. Goodman is married to the actress and teacher May Quigley and has one son and three daughters. He lives in Los Angeles where his search for his family's treasures continues.


"This is a magnificent book, both poignant and chilling. Ultimately it stands as testimony to how family stories can grip across generations, and how fierce is the impulse to right wrongs. It is very moving indeed -- a huge achievement."--Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
"A remarkable achievement. The Nazis stole the Gutmann family's art and tried to erase them from history; they almost succeeded. Here, now, with the sweep of a pen and the diligence of a crime reporter, author Simon Goodman has restored his family's legacy. Shocking, stunning and totally unputdownable, The Orpheus Clock is an absolute must read."--Annie Jacobsen, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Paperclip
"An extraordinary piece of history...Even readers well familiar with World War II and Holocaust history will find this a fresh and lively read."--Christian Science Monitor
"With a novelist's narrative gifts, Goodman movingly portrays his family's victimization by the Nazis and the post-war repercussions of those events....In combining a modern-day detective story with nuanced context for its importance, Goodman produces much more than another Holocaust book."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Goodman's story is alternately wrenching and inspiring...extraordinary...An emotional tale of unspeakable horrors, family devotion, and art as a symbol of hope."--Kirkus
"Goodman's absorbing debut will appeal to readers with an interest in the business of art collecting, the cultural heritage of Western Europe, family histories, the work of the Monuments Men, and those who enjoyed The Lady in Gold, or its film version, Woman in Gold."--Library Journal
"When [Goodman's] father died at the age of 80...letters, documents, and other correspondences revealed a trove of family secrets that led Goodman and his family on a quest for both justice and discovery of their family history....The search is still ongoing, but this account of the struggle so far is both arresting and poignant, combining elements of a family chronicle and an intricate detective story."--Booklist
"In this heartbreaking book, Simon Goodman uses the theft of his family's art collection as a lens through which to view the [Holocaust]...there's a large component of redemption at work here as well. Don't miss this gripping historical detective story."--History Book Club