My good friend (and German translator) Birgit Salzmann recently asked me if she could have a playlist for “The Venetian Game”. I have to say, I’d never even thought about this before, but as I looked at putting lists together for the three Nathan Sutherland books, the more interesting the idea became.
As you’ve probably noticed, music plays a big role in all three books. It is, of course, all stuff that I actually listen to. What I hadn’t realised is that they way I use music has actually changed a bit over the course of the series, and that was quite interesting to me.
We’ll start, then, with perhaps the most straightforward list : The Venetian Game. Almost all the tracks here are referenced in the book, and are all things that Nathan or Dario would listen to. It is, perhaps, a bit Pink Floyd-heavy, but all the tracks – in one way or another – are important in the context of either the characters or the story.
There are a few additional tracks not mentioned in the book. “Bandiera Rossa” / “Fischia il Vento” are communist/partisan anthems put in for the benefit of Sergio and Lorenzo. And I added “Games Without Frontiers” to the end as I felt it brought the list to a satisfying conclusion (“If looks could kill, they probably will…”).
My lists for “Vengeance” and “Masquerade” will follow in the next couple of days. In the meantime, happy listening.