Red Hands is a deeply compelling tale of a woman caught inside the destruction of a regime. Iordana is a normal girl, brought up with all the perks of Romania’s corrupt communist regime. Then she falls in love and marries the eldest son of her parents’ arch-rival, Romania’s monstrous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. They become the in-laws from hell, but she brings them their only grandson. And then there’s the 1989 revolution, when crowds will kill anyone with the Ceausescu name. In all the blood and chaos, can Iordana keep her little son alive?
Drawn from eighty hours of unique interviews and told in Iordana’s own voice; a true-life tale that spins readers into the pleasures, excesses and horrors of late twentieth-century Europe.
An astonishing work, brilliantly told. In Iordana Ceausescu, Colin Sargent has given us a fascinating window into the brutal regime of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu and their near destruction of Romania. A cautionary tale for our times.’ – Nancy Schoenberger, author of The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters
‘Red Hands is uniquely unsettling and a standout read… a page-turner fuelled by intrigue, blind greed, and staggering accuracy.’ – Victoria Rowell, author of The Women Who Raised Me
‘A fascinating look at Romania — now a staunch NATO ally — as it emerges from the Cold War. Centred on the story of a close relative of feared dictator Ceausescu, it provides a uniquely human frame to the dangerous turbulence of that dynamic and complex period in Eastern Europe.’ – Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (2009-2013)
‘Thrillingly good. Sargent tackles the biggest themes — historical change, greed, power, love, desire, and what it means to be free — but at the heart of the book is a gloriously human depiction of one woman’s extraordinary life. A tale from last century and a warning for this one, Red Hands is a novel of rare power that teaches us much about Romania and even more about ourselves.’ – D.D. Johnston, author of The Secret Baby Room