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Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
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May 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Evocative, gentle prose which drew me in. The story, set in Romania before and after the Second World War, is essentially about adjusting to lost worlds -- country aristocracy before the war and the Communist take-over destruction or appropriation of their physical world afterwards; lingering over the past and living in the moment; survival, and the friends and enemies that emerge, out of nowhere. It is about a deaf-mute young man who can only communicate -- and imperfectly -- with drawings, and whose condition limits his ability to understand what is going on around him. Yet he understands more than those around him realize. Touching without being maudlin or sentimental. A beautiful work, outstanding composition and writing; I'd read it again.
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