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Castles Burning - by Magda Denes (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 384

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Historical

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Author: Magda Denes

Language: English

Street Date: October 13, 2008
TCIN: 77475364
UPC: 9780393336979
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-6958

Description

There are few figures in literature as riveting as the precocious nine-year-old Magda Denes who narrates this story. Her stubborn self-command and irrepressible awareness of the absurd make her in her mother's eyes "impossibly sarcastic, bigmouthed, insolent, and far too smart" for her own good. When her family goes into hiding from the fascist Arrow-Cross, she is torn from the "castle" of intimacies shared with her adored and adoring older brother and plunged into a world of incomprehensible deprivation, separation, and loss. Her rage, and her ability to feel devastating sorrow and still to insist on life, will reach every reader at the core. Recounting an odyssey through the wreckage and homelessness of postwar Europe, Castles Burning embodies a powerful personality, a stunning gift for prose and storytelling, a remarkable sense of humor, and true emotional wisdom and makes a magnificent contribution to the literature of childhood and war.
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