HIDDEN IN YOUR EYES
“All things begin in you”
Recommended age group: 10+
Published privately in Hungary in 2016
Paperback with flap, 125 pp
A GEM OF A NOVEL FOR ADOLESCENTS, which with a delicately interwoven knowledge of psychology almost unnoticedly heightens self-awareness, creativity, courage, ability to deal with relationships and cooperation… a row of skills that can make a person happy.”
Prof. Emőke Bagdy, Hungary’s most significant creative personality in clinical psychology
“IT POSES QUESTIONS THE ANSWERS TO WHICH ARE ONLY DISCOVERED – IF AT ALL – IN ADULTHOOD. Essentially, these are the critical questions of life: about love, friendship, family, openness, trust and new beginnings”
László Püski, Püski Publishing House
“A LITTLE BIT LIKE REALITY, BUT A LITTLE BIT MORE OF AN ADVENTURE THAN REALITY. I read the first five chapters in one go, they were so exciting. In the end I read the whole book twice and liked it even more the second time round.
Sári, a 10-year-old schoolgirl
“THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT FROM MOST TALES OF OUR TIME. It is about a child’s internal journey, and has deep messages. While the aim of most contemporary stories is to get one’s imagination moving, here it is contemplation, which is equally important to a child. Why do I not recommend this book solely for children? Because while I was reading it I realised just how important a good parent-child relationship is. One’s upbringing and role models define one’s entire life. One of the most important tasks for a parent is to pass on to one’s child a perception of life with which they can be happy. This is worth more than a car at 17 or a flat at 20.”
Hackyourself Hungarian coaching blog/ András Kézai
Henriett Kluka was born in Budapest in 1976. She graduated in Italian and Literature, afterwards receiving a degree in Foreign Trade. She lives near Budapest with her little daughter and husband. Hidden In Your Eyes, her first novel, was published in 2016.
Hidden In Your Eyes is a one-year chronicle in a child’s language. It tells of parents with much humour and self-irony, and addresses children with limitless love. The world views of two generations and as many more individual points of view are compressed into an unusual story. One in which, instead of travelling to distant places to fight with dragons and evil-doers, you choose another direction: you embark on an inward journey, towards your self. Where you take the first step, life answers you, and calls you to adventure. A journey on which it is not enough to be half-alive. For this journey is about you, it comes to life and becomes reality.
A ten-year-old girl, full of questions, thoughts and fears. A talented girl who draws and dances. One who one day decides to begin to listen the sound of her heart beating.
Réka’s best friend: an important person disappears from her life and not long after another one appears. Who soon becomes even more important.
Nándi’s great-hearted friend, who packs a good few extra kilos. At school most kids nickname him, “Landslide”. To date, Freddy has assiduously gathered his kilos, for what he eats is his own. That’s what he’s heard for as long as he can remember, but he really need them?
Painter and art teacher. Who has seen both shadow and light. He knows both well and decided long ago where he stood. Although the Master has not been with him for many years, nevertheless he is by his side. What he taught, what he showed of the world, will be never lost, for Zoltán has not kept it for himself.
An up-and-coming Dachshund on the borders between child- and adulthood. Stevie tries to give relevance to each and to attend to those to whom he has been entrusted, Master and the Pack. He is obliged to compensate for his lack of height by extravagance of movement.
An aristocratic white Persian cat. As bad luck would have it, she is obliged to share her home with a teenage dog and an indiscreet family, who are forever sniffing after her. This has often been extremely unpleasant, but at least the food’s good.
Zoltán’s 12 pupils undertake what at the outset appears impossible. How can it be done, even so? What can be given up, and what must be retained in all events? Where is there room for indecision? Do they really want it, and will the giant fresco on the school wall finally come into being? We receive answers to all these questions by the end of the story and also to what a flustered head teacher is like. If we haven’t encountered one yet.