About the book
Iasi, Romania, the early 1950s. A nameless man is found on the steps of a hospital. Deaf and mute, he is unable to communicate until a young nurse called Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, memories appear on the page. The memories are Safta’s also. For the man is Augustin, son of the cook at the manor house which was Safta’s family home. Born six months apart, they grew up with a connection that bypassed words. But while Augustin’s world remained 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.
Reviewed by The Pageturners Reading Group:
Our view was unanimous: a delightful read. It was beautifully descriptive of Romania 1939-1950’s – a country of which we knew nothing. With an interesting deaf mute character inspired by a real life painter. We all felt that the ending was somewhat of a let down, but it was a very minor fault.
Star rating: ***