Montreal resident Sean Michaels won this year’s Giller Prize Award, and the astonishing $100,000 that goes with it. The book is Us Conductors.
The jury describes it as “based on the life of Lev Thermen, the Russian-born inventor of the Theremin, the most ethereal of musical instruments. As the narrative shifts countries and climates, from the glittery brightness of New York in the 1920s to the leaden cold of the Soviet Union under Stalin, the grace of Michaels’s style makes these times and places seem entirely new. He succeeds at one of the hardest things a writer can do: he makes music seem to sing from the pages of a novel.”
– November 13, 2014