Painter of Silence

Painter of Silence

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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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 220g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408830426
  • 9781408830420
  • 41,367

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Conjures a tale that recalls vintage Michael Ondaatje ... delicate and sweeping Daily Mail This is fiction of the most graceful kind ... a quiet storm of imagery and emotions -- Christian House Independent on Sunday I loved Painter of Silence. It was like entering a dream world that became more and more real, until I actually needed to get back to it. Her writing is so gentle and beautiful and takes you so confidently on a journey. I let myself be carried away. Heaven Esther Freud Painter of Silence insists on being recommended because of its unassertive originality, its sense of history, its knowledge of the unsaid and the unsayable, and - not least - its delightfully surprising ending -- Paul Bailey Independent Harding writes with exquisite restraint ... Her deceptively simple prose gives a startling beauty to the ordinary, and evokes great depth of suffering Guardian Harding's writing has a careful, lilting fluency which nourishes a slow-burning momentum ... an adroit examination of our need for a home, and the terrible consequences of its loss -- Philip Womack Daily Telegraph A must-read ... Hauntingly beautiful, for fans of The English Patient -- Viv Groskop Red

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About Georgina Harding

Georgina Harding is the author of two novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave and The Spy Game, a BBC Book at Bedtime; and two works of non-fiction: Tranquebar and In Another Europe. She lives in London and the Stour Valley, Essex.

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