The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

The Fountains of Silence

„Silence has a voice of its own.“

The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys, S.641

Oh my, I marked so many passages in this one. The Fountains of Silence, written by Rita Sepetys, takes place in Spain 1957 during the Franco-Regime. Daniel, a young aspiring photojournalist from Dallas, visits Madrid with his Spanish mother and American father. He has just graduated from Highschool and is never seen without his camera. Talented as he is, he wants to attend Journalism School, a dream which his father, who successfully deals with oil, disapproves of. So, in Madrid, capital city of a country under a dictatorship, Daniel collects pictures to hand in at the Magnum Photography Prize. Winning the competition could pave his way to photojournalism.