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Painter of silence, Georgina Harding

Label
Painter of silence
Title
Painter of silence
Statement of responsibility
Georgina Harding
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When she leaves the ward she feels the whiteness of the room still inside her, as if she is bleached out inside. It is the shock, she tells herself. She feels the whiteness like a dam holding back all the coloured flood of memory. 1948. A man is found on the steps of the hospital in Iasi, Romania. Wet with morning dew, he is as frail as a fallen bird and utters no words. It is days before anyone realises that he is deaf and mute. The ward sister, Adriana, whose son still has not returned from the war in Russia, sits at the man's bedside and whispers to him, keeping herself company. But it is a young nurse called Safta who thinks to bring paper and pencils with which he might draw. Slowly, painstakingly, memories appear on the page: a hillside, a stable, a racing car, a grand house as it was before everything changed for ever. The man is Augustin, the son of a cook at the manor house in Dumbraveni where Safta was the privileged daughter. Born six months apart, they had a connection that bypassed words, but while Augustin's world stayed the same size Safta's expanded to embrace languages, society, the breathless possibility of Paris. And love, one dappled summer's day, in the form of a fleeting young man in a green Lagonda. Pictures are always in the present. But a war has raged and ebbed since those days, leaving in its wake a new, Communist regime. Walls have ears, words and images are more dangerous than ever before, and even neighbours with old-world mirrors and samovars cannot be trusted. Georgina Harding's kaleidoscopic new novel is as intense and submerging as rain, as steeped in the horrors of our recent history as it is in the intimate passions of the human heart
Summary
1948. A man is found on the steps of the hospital in Iasi, Romania. Wet with morning dew, he is as frail as a fallen bird and utters no words. It is days before anyone realises that he is deaf and mute. The ward sister, Adriana, whose son still has not returned from the war in Russia, sits at the man's bedside and whispers to him, keeping herself company. But it is a young nurse called Safta who thinks to bring paper and pencils with which he might draw. Slowly, painstakingly, memories appear on the page: a hillside, a stable, a racing car, a grand house as it was before everything changed for ever. Through these pictures, Safta realised she shares the man's history and memories. The man is Augustin, the son of a cook at the manor house in Dumbraveni where Safta was the privileged daughter. While Augustin's world stayed the same size, Safta's expanded to embrace languages, society, the breathless possibility of Paris. But a war has raged and ebbed since those days, leaving in its wake a new Communist regime. Walls have ears, words and images are more dangerous than ever before, and even neighbours cannot be trusted. How can Augustin tell Safta the things he must; things more than drawings can covey?
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10130361
Cataloging source
DLC
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1955-
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Harding, Georgina
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Artists
  • Social classes
  • Deaf
  • Romania
Target audience
adult
Label
Painter of silence, Georgina Harding
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000048704315
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
312 p.
Isbn
9781408824467
Isbn Type
(tr. pbk.)
Label
Painter of silence, Georgina Harding
Publication
Control code
000048704315
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
312 p.
Isbn
9781408824467
Isbn Type
(tr. pbk.)

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