Sandor Marai, Len Rix
Sandor Marai, one of Europe’s outstanding novelists, creates a masterful and intensely moving account of the siege of Budapest; an atrocity witnessed by the author first-hand, that we see now through the eyes of a young woman.
It is the winter of 1944-5. The Germans, determined to impose their Final Solution, have occupied Hungary. The Russians surround the capital and a violent offensive between warring armies begins. As bombs fall from both sides, the remaining inhabitants, entrapped by violence, retreat to the depths of the city for refuge.
Among them is Elisabeth who hides along with many others in the confines of a huge cellar, hoping for her own safety and that of her father, a scientist who is a particular target of the fascist Arrow Cross assassins. She bears witness to the violent, moral disintegration of civilization that tests even the most compassionate and courageous.
Eventually, the door of the cellar is opened, but what will be her liberation?
'Sandor Marai is one of the great modern novelists, in the same league as Gabriel Garcia Marquez' -- Craig Nova, Washington Post 'A sensitive, touching and discreet novel. The unique and poignant music of Sandor Marai' -- Stephane Hoffmann, Figaro
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