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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna: On The Cover

From the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of The Memory of Love

‘Forna is a writer of great talent’ Monica Ali

Gost is a small town surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The summer sun burns. The Croatian winter brings freezing winds. Beyond its boundaries an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. One of the windows, glass darkened with dirt, today stands open, and the lively chatter of English voices carries across the fallow fields. Laura and her teenage children have arrived.

A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs. As he helps Laura with repairs to the old house, they uncover a mosaic beneath ruined plaster and, in the rising heat of the summer, painstakingly restore it. But Gost is not all it seems, and in the silence something stirs: memories of conflicts long past stull suppurate beneath the scars.


- Debolina Raja Gupta

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