Review: Georgina Harding’s “Painter of Silence”

by writereaderly

georgina harding painter of silenceThis is a simply beautiful book: set in 1955 Rumania, dealing with the re-meeting of deaf [see comment below] Augustin and Safta. Augustin is the son of Safta’s family’s former cook; they last saw each other as WWII got underway, on the family estate in the country. After the vagaries of war and Bolshevism, the two are still only able to communicate through silence and drawings. Beautifully expressed, its premise is simple and it’s execution evocative. Very fine, highly recommended.

Where it came from: Library
Time and manner of reading:
Bed reads pre- and post-visit
Where it went: Home
Best line of the book: [It’s all like one long poem]
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Who I’d recommend it to:
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; Moments of Desire edited by Susan Hawthorne and Jenny Pausacker