“Ioana Pârvulescu’s novel makes you long for home and homesick for faraway places.”
In the imagination of the little girl Ana, who sees the gate as the mouth and the windows as the eyes, the house in the former Johannisgasse in the Transylvanian town of Kronstadt has a face, thoughts and feelings. It has heroically survived two earthquakes, two World Wars and a bomb attack while its »relatives« opposite have had to make way for a high-rise hotel.
In her novel, Ioana Pârvulescu, a native of Kronstadt, tells the story of the inhabitants of this house over several generations and changing nationalities. This is a luminous account of a bleak period.