Synopses & Reviews
It is the early 1950s. A nameless man is found on the steps of the hospital in Iasi, Romania. He is deaf and mute, but a young nurse named Safta recognizes him from the past and brings him paper and pencils so that he might draw. Gradually, memories appear on the page: The man is Augustin, son of the cook at the manor house that was Saftas family home. Born six months apart, they had grown up with a connection that bypassed words, but while Augustins world stayed the same size, Saftas expanded to embrace languages, society, and a fleeting love one long, hot summer. But then came war, and in its wake a brutal Stalinist regime, and nothing would remain the same.
Georgina Hardings kaleidoscopic new novel will appeal to readers of Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, and Sándor Márai. Beautiful, spare, and intense, it captures the loss and the hope of a tragic time through the extraordinary vision of a mute outsider.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, an intimate and devastating portrait of Eastern Europe during and after WWII, and the story of an utterly original friendship.
About the Author
Georgina Harding is the author of the novels The Spy Game and The Solitude of Thomas Cave. She lives in London and the Stour Valley, Essex.