Pictures of Anna is a story of people caught up in the tide of world-defining events, fighting for love, peace, and ultimately their human rights.
The predicament of those who sought a safe harbour in World War II, and ended up once again being the focus of suspicion and hostility, is a subject that is lacking in the annals of fiction, set in the 20th century. Pictures of Anna is a novel that helps to redress the balance.
This novel focuses on love, trust, and the sacrifice of two lovers caught in the cruelty of war. Interweaving gritty prose which feels uncomfortable with a different, more sensitive, human component that shines through. Author Sam Martin has combined these elements seamlessly to give a well-rounded view of the war on the home front. We can not miss the claustrophobic, tense atmosphere in this delicate work of fiction.
Picture of Anna is an exploration of fate, the meaning of existence, and the strength of human relationships in times of great stress. It depicts the horrors inflicted by humans upon each other and the fragile sense of security of those times in such a way they will stay with the reader long after the book has closed.
It is a tragic love story. But perhaps its real tragedy is that a lot of the things it exposes—intolerance; paranoia; blind prejudice; the gross invasion of civil liberties; and a disregard for human dignity—have never gone away. They’ve only re-surfaced in a different form.—Pictures Of Anna plays in May 1940. Its message is more relevant than ever today.
Pictures Of Anna is out in the summer.