Bloomsbury presents Zoli by Colum McCann, read by Kathleen Gati and Colum McCann.
The life of Zoli Novotna begins on the leafy backroads of Slovakia, when she and her grandfather come upon a quiet lake where their family has been drowned by fascist guards. Zoli and her grandfather flee to join up with another clan of travelling harpists. So begins an epic tale of song, intimacy and betrayal.
Based loosely on the true story of the Gypsy poet Papusza, and set against the backdrop of the Second World War, Zoli is a love story, a tale of loss and a parable of modern-day Europe.
"Beautiful, thoughtful...sharp and scintillatingly sensual." (Independent)
"Zoli is such a wonderful novel. McCann is as fine, and persuasive a storyteller as any other working in English today." (Scotsman)
"If a writer’s higher calling is to imagine what it is to be 'other', then Colum McCann is a giant amongst us - fearless, huge-hearted, a poet with every living breath." (Peter Carey)