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 he knows his ...
A survivor of the Siege of Budapest talks of his experience in the video below:
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