Original title: Tiché roky
There are many things we don’t know about those closest to us.
Bohdana is an introverted young girl who lives with her morose father and the kind-hearted, submissive Běla. She is troubled by tension at home and a question she can’t get out of her head: On her last visit to the hospital, why did her gravely-ill grandmother address her as ‘Blanka’?
In a parallel story, Svatopluk Žák has dedicated his life to the building of socialism and his love for his wife and daughter, whose future will be as brilliant as a star on the red flag. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans, as the saying goes. When the two stories meet, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seemed, and that things certainly aren’t as they should be.
Unlike Alena Mornštajnová’s previous novels, The Silent Years is an intimate family drama; here, the main role is played by chance and human character rather than a great theme of history. Like Hana, Mornštajnová’s most successful work to date, it is a powerful, rousing tale that holds the reader in thrall from first page to last.