Ramona Koval - Bloodhound (Text)

Sunday 20 September 2015
36 Fraser Street, Clunes Victoria 3370

Sunday Selection Author Talk with Ramona Koval

A Free Event

2-3pm @ The Warehouse


Ramona Koval’s parents were Holocaust survivors who fled their homeland and settled in Melbourne. As a child, Koval learned little about their lives - only snippets from traumatic tales of destruction and escape. But she always suspected that the man who raised her was not her biological father.

One day in the 1990s, long after her mother’s death, she decides she must know the truth. A phone call leads to a photograph in the mail, then tea with strangers. Before long Koval is interrogating a demented nursing-home patient, meeting a horse whisperer in tropical Queensland, journeying to the backblocks of rural Poland, learning other languages and dealing with Kafkaesque bureaucracy, all in the hope of finding an answer.

A madcap, sometimes disturbing quest for identity recounted with Koval’s customary humour, Bloodhound takes hold of the reader and never lets go. It is a moving story of the terrible cost of war, and of family secrets.

She’s a shining presence in the world of literature, here in Australia and right across the globe…Her voice is always recognisable, invigorating, familiar to us and greatly loved.” Helen Garner