Painter of Silence

Painter of Silence

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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, the cook's son at the manor house at Poiana, where Safta was the privileged daughter. Born six months apart, they had a connection that bypassed words, but while Augustin's world stayed the same size, Safta's 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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608197705
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 31, 2014

Set in post WW II Eastern Europe, the protaganists are the daughter of a landowner and the deaf mute son of a servant. It is a subtle, understated novel but nevertheless is quite powerful and has something to say about how people live together.

Feb 06, 2013

I'm so glad to have read from this author for the first time. This is a story of a truly beautiful relationship that can believably last forever, even when war disrupts all else. Looking so forward to the author's other works.

DJK May 22, 2012

Orange Award finalist


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Feb 06, 2013

cgencay thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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