Painter of Silence

Painter of Silence

Book - 2012
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Iasi, Romania, the early 1950s. A man is found on the steps of a hospital, frail as a fallen bird. He carries no identification and utters no words, and it is days before anyone discovers that he is deaf and mute. And then a young nurse called Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, memories appear on the page: a hillside, a stable, a car, a country house, dogs and mirrored rooms and samovars in what is now a lost world.
Publisher: London, England : Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 9781408821121
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAR
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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