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 grown up amongst the ruins of the once mighty Berlin, now shattered by Allied bombs. In their tiny, freezing flat, Katia's father teaches her of the righteousness of the new Soviet republic, who will always keep watch over them.
As a young woman, a chance encounter with a man from the west causes Katia to realise there might be more to life on the other side of the wall. But blinded by the first blush of love, she fails to understand that it's not what lies ahead, but what she will leave behind.
Translated from its original Spanish, The Communist's Daughter is a spare and exquisite novel that depicts twentieth century Europe through one family's tragic story.
'Beautifully written, powerfully realised. A novel that touches the heart' Kate Hamer
'Aroa Moreno Duran writes with a rare sensitivity' Claire Fuller
[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
A moving novel - Grazia
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
Aroa Moreno Duran is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel THE COMMUNIST'S DAUGHTER, winner of the Premio Ojo Critico for Best Fiction of the Year. She studied journalism in Madrid, has a Masters in Publishing, and a Masters degree in Radio and TV. She is the author of two poetry collections, and author of two biographies on Frida Kahlo and Federico Garcia Lorca. She has taught journalism workshops in Mexico and now writes for Infolibre, La Marea and other media.