Alena Mornštajnová

Hana

Trans. Kostas Tsivos
Χάνα
Χάνα
Alexandria, 2020, 360 pp
Language: Greek
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9789602218976
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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E: blatna@dbagency.cz
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Based on real events, this bestselling novel has the pace and drama of a gripping film.

This novel contains two storylines that take place on two different spatial-temporal planes. In a Czech town, nine-year-old Mira’s family succumbs to an outbreak of typhoid in the 1950s. She ends up in the hands of her strange aunt Hana, with whom Mira spends the whole of her childhood and adolescence. Later on, she discovers hidden facts about Hana’s past and the tragic story of Mira’s own family, which is revealed to be Jewish. The second storyline of the novel is from World War II and shares Hana’s story. It takes place in Auschwitz and Theresienstadt, and explores the guilt motif that Hana felt over the death of her parents. A page-turner, Hana is narrated in a traditional manner, with skilled realism, a flair for dramatic rhythm and composition, and with a deep knowledge about the time and circumstances of the story. As the novel comes to an end, there is a spark of hope, tinged by the belief that you cannot rid yourself of your family’s past and, indeed, of your fate.

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Hana

Other selected published translations (4)

Hana Polish

Hana German

Hana English

Hana Slovak

Language: Greek
Title: Χάνα
Publisher: Alexandria
Year: 2020
Pages: 360
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
Grants