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A young woman is found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of the same ethnic group that was violently driven out of the region years before, old wounds are reopened as villagers are reminded of their part in the bloodshed.
The spring of 2020: lockdown. All over the world cities, countries, continents fall quiet in the face of the Covid crisis.In Paris, a poet discovers in the work of an artist, a reflection of her own deepest experiences.In Israel, the artist finds resonance in the words of the poet.The two women, Vivienne Vermes and Tali Neeman Sabo, decide to create a book together, finding the meeting point where words and images echo and enhance each other, sometimes in an uncannily close way.Their joint creation expresses the joy and pain of a woman's journey through life - with a special awareness of the vulnerability of women and girls during the lockdowns, when cases of domestic abuse soared.It is with thoughts for the victims of violence and rape that profits from this book go to the Hasharon Rape Crisis Centre in Raanana, Israel, where Tali works as a volunteer.The book is also dedicated to the imagination, which is the steppingstone, the means and the end, to unlocking whatever lockdowns have to be faced in life, whether from outside ourselves, or within.
Vivienne Vermes' debut novel is a gripping read which will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and evocative themes. The book begins with a young woman found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tension begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.