Painter of Silence
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - travel.bug - LibraryThing
Interesting story about how WWII affected Romania and the privileged families there through the eyes of a deaf boy. Well written and nice how he spoke through pictures. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eclecticdodo - LibraryThing
A moving book about Safta, the daughter of a well to do family, and Tinu, the son of their cook, deaf since birth, and without language despite rather brutal attempts at an oral education. After many ... Read full review
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