Los tres nombres de Ludka / The Three Names of Ludka

Los tres nombres de Ludka / The Three Names of Ludka

Title: Los tres nombres de Ludka / The Three Names of Ludka
Genre: Historical novel
Publisher: Planeta
Date of publication: January 2023
Pages: 530

Los tres nombres de Ludka is based on the real story of the Polish children who found refuge in Barcelona in 1946. An investigative article of José Luis Barbería, published in May of 2008 for El País, revealed this little-known episode and opened the way for the reencounter of the orphaned children, stolen by Hitler.

Ludka is nine years old, only a few months ago her name was Hedda and before that she had still another name she does not remember. The girl belongs to a group of children of Polish origin who arrived in Barcelona in the spring of 1946. Boys and girls who had been seized by the Nazis to convert them into pure Aryan children, but who after the war were taken from one city to another as if they were lost luggage. The friendship of Ludka and Emma, the daughter of Isabel Andreu, an employee in the home where Ludka lives with the other children, will with time bring in a change in this silent and reclusive girl who only wishes to return to her adoptive mother and it will be vital for her to find a place where she can grow up.

Los tres nombres de Ludka is a novel for three voices: that of Ludka Nowak, her friend Emma Andreu and that of Emma’s mother, Isabel Andreu. The Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship have ruined Isabel’s life, she and her parents are living in a country where everything is prohibited and everything is a sin. And Isabel conceals a secret she cannot share with anybody.