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Author Denes, Magda, 1934-

Title Castles burning : a child's life in war / Magda Denes.

Published New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  150.195092 DENE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 384 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary 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.
Subject Denes, Magda, 1934- -- Childhood and youth.
Jews -- Hungary -- Budapest -- Biography.
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Hungary -- Budapest -- Personal narratives.
Holocaust survivors -- Hungary -- Budapest -- Biography.
Budapest (Hungary) -- Biography.
ISBN 0393039668