The City of Earthly Desire
After the communists destroy his dream of becoming a recognized painter, Reinhardt Drixler escapes Hungary and moves to America to further his artistic ambitions and provide a better future for his young family. Twenty-five years later, his son Bela falls in love with Suzy Kiss, an ambitious and alluring Hungarian striptease dancer whose interest in Bela can be summarized in two words: green card. When Suzy is mysteriously deported, a devastated Bela must make a decision - should he stay in New York and continue with the noble artistic ambitions his father instilled in him, or should he follow his heart to Hungary and explore the enticing and risque opportunities blossoming in Budapest after the collapse of communism? The City of Earthly Desire is a sweeping novel of love and lust, beauty and vulgarity, humor and pathos, and art and ethics. The story is peopled by a memorable cast of characters who are as intense, turbulent, and ambivalent as the place and time they occupy. Like the great novels of the 19th century, the narrative is epic in scope - entertaining and humorous, yet profound.
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- Paperback | 546 pages
- 134 x 204 x 32mm | 580.6g
- 26 Sep 2012
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
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About Francis Berger
Francis Berger was born in New York City in 1971. He has lived in New York, Toronto, and Budapest. Some of his shorter work has appeared in various publications including The Toronto Star. When he is not writing, he works as a high school teacher. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son. For more information, please visit: http: //francisberger.weebly.com/