Vivienne Vermes’ gripping novel is a poetic patchwork of passion, humour and brutality, a fable for our time about racial division, set in historical Transylvania.
A young woman is found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.
An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tensions begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.
I really enjoyed this book, it had a good theme and I found it to be really enjoyable. The cover for this one really suits the book and the setting for the story was perfect too, the author really brings it to life.
It is well written and had some good character development. I won’t say I was a huge fan of them but they did all work together very well and they helped to carry the story through to the ending, which I really think suited the book.
4 stars from me for this one! A historical fiction book with a difference – I really enjoyed it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vivienne Vermes is a writer and actress of Irish and Hungarian descent who divides her time between Paris and London. She has published four collections of poetry: SandWoman, Metamorphoses, Passages and When the World Stops Spinning, and has performed her work in festivals throughout Europe. She is winner of the Piccadilly Poets’ award, the Mail on Sunday’s Best Opening of a Novel competition, as well as Flash 500s prize for short prose and the Paragram national competition for best poem and “petite prose”. She has taught creative writing in universities in Transylvania, and runs a writers’ workshop in Paris.
As an actress, she has played roles in a number of French films, including Les Trois Frères, Le Retour and in Les Profs 2 in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II. Her voice also warns passengers on the Paris metro to “Mind the gap”.
The Barefoot Road is her first novel.
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