Hana Andronikova: The Sound of the Sundial – Plamen Press

Hana Andronikova: The Sound of the Sundial – Plamen Press


The sound of the sundial is first and
foremost a beautiful love story. It’s a romance between a Czechoslovak German named Tomas and his Jewish wife Rachel. It’s told through the eyes of their son
Daniel and the book takes you on a unique journey through 1930s
Czechoslovakia, Colonial India and later to Nazi occupied Prague, Theresienstadt,
and Auschwitz. Hana Andronikova carries on that
Czech tradition of storytelling used by such writers as
Arnošt Lustig, Milan Kundera or Ivan Klíma but the Sound of the Sundial
can also be easily paired with such novels as Hemingway’s “Farewell to
Arms” or “Pasternak’s “Dr. Zhivago” where the main characters struggle to preserve
just a sliver of humanity by fighting for their right to simply love and exist
with each other. On the way home he couldn’t dispel his
fear. It wasn’t Rachel he was afraid for, he
knew that she would cope without him, but he didn’t know how he would cope without
her. She had dinner waiting. “When do you leave?” “The day after tomorrow.’ “And when will I see you.” “I’ll send for you as soon as I can. I expect in about six months, if there are no setbacks. Six months. Half a year
now that he had said it aloud his heart sank. Six months how innocent it sounded
why was he feeling so wretched. I hope there won’t be any setbacks. She half closed her eyes like a sorceress. “There are bound to be setbacks.” She nodded, the spangles on her earrings danced. She opened a box of matches
fishing out one red headed stick. She dashed it against the flint. It sparked
into flame between her fingers. Flashes from the earrings entered his eyes and
began to circulate in his bloodstream. She lit the candles on the table. In the
glow of the flames she looked like a goddess a nymph. He could sense the
molten wax against his skin. How could he leave her.

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