By Rolf Bauerdick
An award-winning journalist transforms his lifelong fascination with the realm of the Gypsies into fiction with this exuberant, deeply spell binding debut novel—both whimsical and suspenseful—winner of the ecu publication Prize, and translated into greater than a dozen languages around the globe.
November 1957: As Communism spreads throughout japanese Europe, unusual occasions are starting to upend everyday life 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 institution with the opposite teenagers. Their sole instructor, the mysterious and as soon as attractive Angela Barbulescu, was once despatched through the Ministry of schooling, and whereas it really is suspected that she has lived a hugely cultured existence, a lot of her previous is still hidden. yet at some point, after asking Pavel to assist hold a photograph of the hot social gathering secretary, she whispers a startling directive in his ear: “Send this guy instantly to hell! Exterminate him!” by way 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 without notice the village’s sacred Madonna statue is stolen and the priest Johannes Baptiste is located brutally murdered within the rectory. Aided by means of the Gypsy lady Buba and her eccentric uncle, Dimitru Gabor, Pavel’s look for solutions leads him faraway from the blameless issues of formative years and into the frontiers of a brand new global, altering his existence forever.