Maskerado: dancing around death in Nazi Hungary

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Canongate, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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Written in Esperanto in the early 60's, this unique account of survival is told by a Budapest lawyer who secured fake Christian identities for himself, his wife and his two children following the invasion of the Germans in March 1944. In a narrative reminiscent of the great Primo Levi, Soros views his experiences with a beguiling humour, deep humanity and a wisdom that is humbling. Translated brilliantly by Humphrey Tonkin, this edition offers non-Esperanto readers the first chance to read this extraordinary and deeply affecting book. Maskerado is a unique testament of the Holocaust, a story as wise as it is compelling, of how one man managed not only to escape, but to retain his integrity, compassion, family unity and humour by 'dancing around death'.

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