Romania, 1967. Teenager Clovis Dorian travels from Bucharest to the remote village of Rusalka to visit his grandmother, but his winter school break turns into a living nightmare after a serendipitous liaison with a beautiful woman and a run-in with a sinister Communist Party apparatchik throw him into the Romanian underworld.
Part political thriller, part coming-of-age story, Mal d’Hiver is an elegant phantasmagoria of love and hatred, beauty and horror, offering a barefaced perspective on the struggle of the innocent to make sense of the brutality and injustice that typified the apex of communism in eastern Europe.
“Well written and still the same pleasure reading this author by Ndeye Labadens“Well written and still the same pleasure reading this author.
I enjoy the prose and the story. I like the details that set the reader on the scene. It is like I am traveling while reading the book.