The Bone Fire

The Bone Fire

4.19 (704 ratings by Goodreads)
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From an award-winning European writer, a Gothic page-turner with all the menace and promise of a fairy tale
In the aftermath of a revolution that has plunged her country into chaos, thirteen-year-old Emma s small corner of the world is shatteredafter her dissident parents' death in a car crash. Before she canmake sense ofher new circumstances, an older woman arrives to claim her, alleging to be hergrandmother.When the two travel to what will be her new home in a distant town, Emma is mystified by herguardian, a woman who can read fortunes in coffee dregs, inflict and heal pain at will, and even control the minds of her enemies; she also shares her home with the ghost of her dead husband. But Emma soon learns that there are other reasons her grandmother is treated as an outcast by her neighbors.Like a witch s apprentice, Emma learns to accept the logic of her grandmother's secluded life, and as she uncovers the older woman's story from the traumas of the Second World War to the Holocaust and the reeducation camps of the communist system Emma comes to see that sometimes a reality shaped by magic is the only means of finding freedom in the face of terror, manipulation, and fear.In "The Bone Fire," Hungary's literary star introduces an indelible young heroine, weaving together old-world mysticism and contemporary politics to uncover the soul of a war-scarred land and its people."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 31mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0544527208
  • 9780544527201
  • 649,268

Review Text

Praise for The White King : "Darkly beautiful... [Dragomán's] prose is scintillating and acrobatic, featuring serpentine sentences that bend with each turn of Djata's mind."- New York Times Book Review "Dragomán finds fresh details to describe the hardships and terrors of life under totalitarianism, with its food lines, patriotic films and disappearances. But Djata's story transcends the political. From its menacing opening to its heartbreaking final image, The White King , is stunning, a debut novel as assured as The Catcher In The Rye. "- Tennessean "Dark comedy and enveloping tragedy converge in this powerfully disturbing novel."- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Dragomán conveys [main character] Djata's fearful mental landscape with unadorned run-on sentences, skillfully building a totalitarian world simultaneously immersive and repulsive."- Publishers Weekly "Dragomán is sure-handed throughout his U.S. debut. . . The novel holds up on the strength of its characters and wealth of memorable scenes. [Belongs] on the same bookshelf as David Mitchell's Black Swan Green and Zsuzsa Bánk's The Swimmer ."- Library Journal " The White King recounts an imprisoned father's, a courageous mother's, and a clear-sighted boy's resistance to a loathsome dictatorship. Impassioned, wild, and tender, with boundlessly imaginative and richly detailed prose, it promises to be a lasting work. György Dragomán is a towering talent among young Hungarian writers."-George Konrád, author of A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life
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About Gyoergy Dragoman

György Dragomán, 1973 in Marosvásárhely(Târgu-Mures)/Siebenbürgen geboren, lebt seit 1988 in Budapest. 2002 erschien sein preisgekrönter erster Roman. Er hat über Beckett promoviert, übersetzt aus dem Englischen und arbeitet als Webdesigner.
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704 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 47% (333)
4 31% (219)
3 16% (111)
2 5% (33)
1 1% (8)
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