By Colum McCann
A distinct love tale, a story of loss, a parable of Europe, this haunting novel is an exam of intimacy and betrayal in a group infrequently captured so vibrantly in modern literature.
Zoli Novotna, a tender girl raised within the touring Gypsy culture, is a poet accidentally up to wish. As Thirties fascism spreads over Czechoslovakia, Zoli and her grandfather flee to affix a extended family of fellow Romani harpists. Sharpened by means of the realm of books, that's frequently frowned upon within the Romani culture, Zoli turns into the poster woman for a courageous new international. As she shapes the traditional songs to her occasions, she unearths her reward embraced by way of the Gypsy humans and savored by way of a tender English expatriate, Stephen Swann.
But Zoli quickly unearths that once she falls she can't fall halfway–neither in love nor in politics. whereas Zoli’s repute and poetic talents deepen, the ruling Communists start to use her for his or her personal desire. forged out from her kinfolk, Zoli abandons her earlier to trip to the West, in a unique that spans the 20 th century and travels the breadth of Europe.
Colum McCann, acclaimed writer of Dancer and This facet of Brightness, has created a sensuous novel approximately exile, belonging and survival, established loosely at the precise tale of the Romani poet Papsuza. It spans the 20 th century and travels the breadth of Europe. within the culture of Steinbeck, Coetzee, and Ondaatje, McCann reveals the artwork inherent in social and political historical past, whereas vividly depicting how a ways one talented lady needs to trip to discover the place she belongs.
From the Hardcover edition.