The Afterlife of Stars

The Afterlife of Stars

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"When Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. The year is 1956 and as their country changes forever, these two boys transform as well, confronting danger and wonders previously unknown. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets and incalculable loss. Along the way they encounter mysterious fellow travelers, bewildering sights of a nation in transition and surprising hilarity, all in pursuit of the one place they thought they'd lost forever: home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780316308113
0316308110
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ker
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 25 cm

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rileykernaghan
May 27, 2017

A moving read, but I found it far too short. The innocence of the narrator tugs at your heart strings as he encounters death and a family secret while fleeing the Hungarian Revolution.

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Liber_vermis
Dec 14, 2014

"... I was inspired to write a novel about my family's escape from Hungary when I was not yet five. I had vivid and traumatic memories of seeing Hungarian soldiers hanging from lampposts ... and of running by night across a minefield to freedom in Austria. In my novel, I doubled the age of the two brothers so that they could make more sense of the world ..., more sense of displacement, of leaving a life behind, and then something magical happened. ... the book took a surprising turn, one I hadn't anticipated, it surprised me most. [Writing this book] was a transcendental experience." The author interviewed in "The Book Report" of 'The Globe & Mail' newspaper of December 13, 2014.

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