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The Book of Fathers

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When in 1705 Kornell Csillag's grandfather returns destitute to his native Hungary from exile, he happens across a gold fob-watch gleaming in the mud. The shipwrecked fortunes of the Csillag family suddenly take a new and marvelous turn. The golden watch brings an unexpected gift to the future generations of firstborn sons: clairvoyance. Passed down from father to son, this gift offers the ability to look into the future or back into history–for some it is considered a blessing, for others a curse. No matter the outcome, each generation records its astonishing, vivid, and revelatory visions into a battered journal that becomes known as The Book of Fathers. For three hundred years the Csillag family line meanders unbroken across Hungary's rivers and vineyards, through a land overrun by wolves and bandits, scarred by plague and massacre, and brutalized by despots. Impetuous, tenderhearted, and shrewd, the Csillags give birth to scholars and gamblers, artists and entrepreneurs. Led astray by unruly passions, they marry frigid French noblewomen and thieving alehouse whores. They change their name and their religion, and change them back. They wander from home but always return, and through it all The Book of Fathers bears witness to holocaust and wedding feast alike.

Synopsis:

The discovery in 1705 Hungary of a watch that allows the bearer to look into the past or the future leads to it being passed from father to son through multiple generations of the Csillag family, with each man recording his visions in an heirloom book, in a sweeping historical novel by a successful Hungarian author. Original.

About the Author

Miklós Vámos

Miklós Vámos is one of the most respected and widely read writers in his native Hungary. He is the author of twenty-eight books, eleven of them novels. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s Eastern Europe correspondent, and was the host of a popular cultural TV talk show in Hungary. Today he is a correspondent for the Washington Post online. He is the father of three children, including a daughter who lives in London and five-year-old twin boys in Budapest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513569
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Family
Translator:
Sherwood, Peter
Author:
Sherwood, Peter A.
Author:
Vámos, Miklós
Author:
Vamos, Miklos
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Sagas
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
474

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Family Life

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"Synopsis" by , The discovery in 1705 Hungary of a watch that allows the bearer to look into the past or the future leads to it being passed from father to son through multiple generations of the Csillag family, with each man recording his visions in an heirloom book, in a sweeping historical novel by a successful Hungarian author. Original.
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