In the wake of the Budapest Offensive one of World War II's most prolonged and deadliest attacks (see Beyond the Book) thousands of Hungarians were left displaced and emotionally splintered. In his collection of creative and incredibly compelling short stories, Siege 13
, Tamas Dobozy explores the empty, often surreal state of being caused by cultural trauma and its effect on (and interaction with) subsequent generations. "Trauma," says Dobozy in an interview, "
always seems so specific and at the same time so unfathomable." In stories that switch between 1940s Hungary and contemporary life in North America, his characters all appealingly unique, though not necessarily trust-worthy use coping mechanisms that are at times humorous, mysterious, and woefully sad.
Dobozy's writing has a strong and classic feel to it, and it is apparent that...
Beyond the Book
The stories in Tamas Dobozy's collection, Siege 13
, look at some of the emotional and psychological consequences of the Budapest Offensive, one of the longest and deadliest military campaigns of World War II. Beginning in the autumn of 1944, the Budapest Offensive lasted though February 13, 1945. Budapest was officially surrounded on December 29, 1944, in what became known as the "Siege of Budapest". The whole campaign caused immeasurable destruction and hardship.
After having taken control of Romania in August 1944, the Soviet Red Army (an Allied force) continued to push west,...