Translated from the Czech by Julia and Peter Sherwood.
It’s 1954 and nine-year-old Mira’s life is about to change forever. After a typhoid outbreak rages through her town, robbing her of her parents and siblings, the orphaned child is forced to live with her mysterious, depressive Aunt Hana, a figure both frightening and fragile. Gradually, Mira uncovers the secrets of their troubled family history and
begins to understand why her aunt is so incapable of trusting herself and the world around her.
Deftly weaving two separate timelines, the harrowing reasons behind Hana’s reclusive way of life, the guilt she wears as palpably as a cloak, and the tattoo on her wrist, are revealed to Mira.
Alena Mornštajnová’s gripping novel, which is based on real events, has won numerous awards and been translated into over a dozen languages across the world.'Demonstrating how pain and trauma seep from one generation to the next, Hana is an important and impactful novel that reminds us that no society is ever immune from the plague of complicity.' - Wales Arts Review
Alena Mornštajnová is a teacher of English and translator
and author of five successful novels. Rights for her latest
novel Hana have been sold to thirteen countries: United
Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovenia,
Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Latvia, Syria and Greece.