An Exclusive Love

An Exclusive Love : A Memoir

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Description

One Sunday morning in October, Istvan and his wife Vera start their day as usual. They tidy their house; Vera makes a festive cake to put in the freezer and cuts fresh roses for a vase in the living room. That evening, after nearly fifty years of marriage, they lie down in their bed and take their own lives. Having survived the tumult of twentieth-century Europe and after raising a family together, they could not accept the words 'until death do us part'.

While sifting through the fragments of the family history in an attempt to understand this glamorous and enigmatic couple, their granddaughter Johanna Adorjan imagines their final day. Amid the family stories and portraits by friends, she dares to give voice to their never-mentioned experiences in the Holocaust and their escape from Hungary during the uprising of 1956.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 139g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099552671
  • 9780099552673
  • 471,416

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"A profoundly moving story about love, loss, memory and identity"
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Beautifully written... ...the precision of the detail and the nuance of the writing somehow make the narrative resonate -- Piers Plowright * Tablet * I was very much moved by An Exclusive Love... Johanna Adorjan writes with beautiful precision and suppleness... A truly memorable book -- Diana Athill A moving portrait of a marriage and an uneasy sense of life's banalities as well as its profundities -- Simon Humphreys * Mail on Sunday * A profoundly moving story about love, loss, memory and identity -- Tina Jackson * Metro * Wonderful, extraordinary -- Judith Kerr
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About Johanna Adorján

Johanna Adorjan is editor of the culture section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. This is her first book.
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841 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 21% (174)
4 38% (318)
3 30% (256)
2 10% (83)
1 1% (10)
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