Synopses & Reviews
"This tragic family history weaves together the lives of journalist Szegedy-MaszÃ¡k's parents and their extended families with the fate of their native Hungary during and after WWII. The author's father, AladÃ¡r, was a Gentile civil servant in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, whereas her mother, Hanna, came from a family of Jewish industrialists who converted to Christianity. AladÃ¡r and Hanna's romance blossoms under the shadows of war and anti-Semitism, and continues to grow even after AladÃ¡r is shipped off to the Dachau concentration camp for voicing his strong anti-Nazi opinions. Hanna and her family, meanwhile, strike a deal with Heinrich Himmler to trade most of the family's holdings for passage out of Hungary. In the aftermath of the war, AladÃ¡r and Hanna are reunited, and the fragile Hungarian government names him minister to the U.S. Despite his best efforts, he is powerless to prevent the Communist ouster of the democratically elected Hungarian government. Through her parents' correspondence and other sources, Szegedy-MaszÃ¡k reveals a father who is by turns 'luminous' and broken, a mother who is 'hilariously funny and brilliant,' and a nation struggling to find its footing after decades of war and repression. Photos. Agent: Flip Brophy, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Marianne Szegedy-Maszák is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The New Republic, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Psychology Today, among others. She has worked as a reporter at the New York Post, an editor at Congressional Quarterly, a professor of journalism at American University, and as a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report. She has won the awards for her journalism from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the National Mental Health Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. The recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship and the Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, Szegedy-Maszák has been an officer on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism. This is her first book.