By Joseph Kertes
"The Afterlife of Stars moved me greater than the other novel i have learn in contemporary memory." --Tim O'Brien
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As Russian tanks roll throughout the cobblestone streets of Budapest and photographs ring out, younger Robert and Attila Beck, inseparable brothers, peer from the boot of a toppled statue of Stalin on the first grisly symptoms of revolution. The 12 months is 1956. That October day, Russian squaddies will typhoon their relations domestic, prompting the men' moved quickly get away from town with their mom and dad, grandmother, and cousins. now not all will live to tell the tale. Their instant vacation spot is Paris, and the city apartment of Hermina, their great-aunt, as soon as a well known opera singer, now a recluse who wears lengthy gloves to maintain her dignity opposed to a prior scarred through an unspeakable violence.
Along the best way, those brothers stumble upon mysterious fellow tourists, witness the bewildering attractions of a kingdom in transition, and grapple with competition and loss, whereas by no means wasting their capability for pleasure or their appreciation of humor, and every different, as they stare down the unaccountable and the absurd. Robert, the more youthful, idolizes the fiery Attila, whose starting to be fringe of anger and uprising threatens to hazard them either. As exiles in Paris, they search event and no matter what semblance of domestic they may locate, from the unusual streets to the labyrinthine sewers underneath. whilst the duo uncovers a long-held relatives mystery concerning a double agent and a bold Holocaust rescue, this novel hurtles towards its cataclysmic end. A fleeting selection by way of Attila has outcomes that might final an entire life, and the bond that has proved unbreakable could be the brothers' undoing.
With excellent storytelling and an organization trust within the strength of humor within the face of turmoil, Joseph Kertes has crafted a fierce saga of identification and love that resonates via its ultimate web page. The Afterlife of Stars is not just a stirring account of 1 displaced family's percentages for salvation, but additionally a rare story of the singular and enduring ties of brotherhood.
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