Extraordinary Renditions

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Coffee House Press, Dec 10, 2010 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Set in Budapest--a city marked by its rich cultural heritage, the scars of empire, the fresher wounds of industry, and the collateral damage of globalism--"Extraordinary Renditions" is the sweeping story of three equally tarnished expatriates. World-renowned composer and Holocaust survivor Lajos Harkalyi has returned to Hungary to debut his final opera and share his mother's parting gift, the melody from a lullaby she sang as he was forced to leave his Hungarian home for the infamous Czech concentration camp Terezin. Private First Class Jonathan "Brutus" Gibson is being blackmailed by his commanding officer at the US Army base in Hungary, one of the infamous black-sites of the global War on Terror, and he must decide between going AWOL or risking his life to make an illegal firearms deal in Budapest. Aspiring musician Melanie Scholes is preparing for the most important performance of her career as a violinist in Harkalyi's opera, but before she takes the stage she must extricate herself from a failing relationship and the inertia that threatens to consume her future. As their lives converge on Independence Day, they too will seek liberation--from the anguish of the Holocaust, the chains of blackmail, and the bonds of conformity.

A formidable new voice in American fiction, Ervin tackles the big themes of war, prejudice, and art, lyrically examining the reverberations of unrest in today's central Europe, the United States' legacy abroad, and the resilience of the human spirit.

  

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User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

p.52-53 While lethargy and apathy and incomprehension demagnetized the globe's moral compass, bodies continued to burn in the distance, the smoke rising to obscure the light of two million stars ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

A series of three loosely linked novellas about American expats in Budapest. The first one, a story of a famous composer returning to his homeland many years after spending his youth in a ... Read full review

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Andrew Ervin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in Budapest, Illinois, and Louisiana. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Fiction International, and the Southern Review, and his criticism has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, and The Believer. Extraordinary Renditions is his first book.

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