Lev and Kato have had a special bond since they were children. But the opening of European borders broadens their life plans and changes their relationship forever. Full of beauty and devotion, Iris Wolff's great new novel tells of timeless friendship and what it takes to free oneself from the imprints of one's own origins.
When eleven-year-old Lev is confined to bed for weeks, Kato, of all people, who is clever but shunned by everyone, is sent to his bedside to bring him his homework. An unbreakable bond develops between the unlikely pair, which frees Lev from his petrification and offers the two adolescents a foothold in the multi-ethnic communist state of Romania.
Half a lifetime later, Lev is still retracing the paths of her childhood, while Kato left for the West years ago. All Lev has left are the postcards she drew from all over Europe. Until one day he receives a card from Zurich with just a single sentence: "When are you coming?" Iris Wolff skilfully and poetically transforms that moment into language when one life touches another and, in her great European novel, paints the portrait of a touching friendship that reveals itself as a journey into the past and whose glow lingers on for a long time.
Iris Wolff was born in Sibiu, Transylvania (Romania). The author has been honoured with numerous awards for her literary work. The author lives in Freiburg im Breisgau.