By Rolf Bauerdick
An award-winning journalist transforms his lifelong fascination with the area of the Gypsies into fiction with this exuberant, deeply spell binding debut novel--both whimsical and suspenseful--winner of the ecu booklet Prize, and translated into greater than a dozen languages around the world.
November 1957: As Communism spreads throughout japanese Europe, unusual occasions are starting to upend lifestyle in Baia Luna, a tiny village nestled on the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. because the Soviets race to arrive the moon and Sputnik soars overhead, fifteen-year-old Pavel Botev attends the small village university with the opposite little ones. Their sole instructor, the mysterious and as soon as attractive Angela Barbulescu, was once despatched through the Ministry of schooling, and whereas it truly is suspected that she has lived a hugely cultured existence, a lot of her prior is still hidden. yet someday, after asking Pavel to aid dangle a photograph of the hot celebration secretary, she whispers a startling directive in his ear: "Send this guy directly to hell! Exterminate him!" by means of the subsequent morning, she has disappeared.
With little extra to move on than the gossip and rumors swirling via his grandfather Ilja's tavern, Pavel unearths interest overcoming his worry while all at once the village's sacred Madonna statue is stolen and the priest Johannes Baptiste is located brutally murdered within the rectory. Aided via the Gypsy lady Buba and her eccentric uncle, Dimitru Gabor, Pavel's look for solutions leads him faraway from the blameless issues of adolescence and into the frontiers of a brand new international, altering his lifestyles ceaselessly.
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