A stunning Spanish novel, depicting the tragedy of twentieth century Europe through one family's story of betrayal.
'[I was] completely transported . . . so sparely and yet vividly told' Clare Chambers
Winner of the Premio Ojo Critico
Katia has spent her childhood in the eastern shadow of the Berlin Wall. For her father, refugee of the civil war in Spain, the communist side of Germany represents everything he fought and suffered for. Katia knows no other way of life, until a chance encounter with a young man from the West leaves her to wonder what the other side might offer. It's only after she's made the perilous journey that Katia understands all she has left behind, and years until she will finally know the devastating consequences it had on her family.
Translated for the first time in English, this exquisite and powerful novel punches right to the heart of how one choice can change a whole future.
'Aroa Moreno Duran writes with a rare sensitivity' Claire Fuller
'A fascinating story of personal and political uprootedness. . . written with the delicacy that touches the reader's heart' Manuel Vilas
[I was] completely transported to communist East Berlin and drawn into the lives and fates of Katia and her family, so sparely and yet vividly told. The greyness and bleakness of East Germany in the cold war era was so poignantly complicated by Katia's enduring love of her homeland and the portrayal of a young girl's priorities and her heartbreaking decision was at times painful to read. I admired it immensely
Aroa Moreno Duran writes with a rare sensitivity about the unconsidered consequences of giving everything up for love - Claire Fuller
Beautifully written, powerfully realised. This is a novel that both makes you think and touches the heart
This is a perfect novel, because of its depth, thrill and how the author is firm in every decision she makes
This is a fascinating story of personal and political uprootedness. The character Katia is moving and at the same time illuminates the ideological dramas of 20th century European history. A novel written with the delicacy that touches the reader's heart