A translation titled “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats,” written by Kevin Wiliarty, academic computing manager, was published Jan. 31 by The Other Press.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a translation of Jan-Philipp Sendker’s Das Herzenhören, originally published in 2004.
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.