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Siege 13: Stories

by Tamas Dobozy

Dundurn | September 15, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Siege 13: Stories is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
2012 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize - Winner
2012 Governor General's Literary Award - Finalist, English-Language Fiction

In December of 1944, the Red Army entered Budapest to begin one of the bloodiest sieges of the Second World War. By February, the siege was over, but its effects were to be felt for decades afterward.

Siege 13 is a collection of thirteen linked stories about this terrible time in history, both its historical moment, but also later, as a legacy of silence, haunting, and trauma that shadows the survivors. Set in both Budapest before and after the siege, and in the present day - in Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe - Siege 13 traces the ripple effect of this time on characters directly involved, and on their friends, associates, sons, daughters, grandchildren, and adoptive countries.

Written by one of this country's best and most internationally recognized short story authors - the story "The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kallman Once Lived" won the 2011 O. Henry Prize for short fiction - Siege 13 is an intelligent, emotional, and absorbing cycle of stories about war, family, loyalty, love and redemption.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.88 in

Published: September 15, 2012

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771022043

ISBN - 13: 9781771022040

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will transport you... ...to a magical, haunting, ethereal yet heavy world. I don't know how Tamas Dobozy does it. I'm 5 stories in and I'm just obsessed with his writing. So gorgeous!
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intellectually Stimulating Tamas Dobozy's "Siege 13" revitalizes the short story genre through the multifarious approaches that he takes to an event that is little known to the average modern reader, and virtually untouched by the fiction writer. I tried to find something I could seriously criticize about the compilation of short stories, but had a hard time doing so. I would, however, warn those who hold complete and resolved plots as the be all end all of good story writing, as Dobozy sometimes leaves the reader hanging at the end of a story, feeling that there is more that needs to be said. Dobozy sometimes forgoes the resolution craved by many readers in order to accentuate much deeper revelations. His writing is a probing into the psychology and poetical formulas of the human condition as much as a vehicle for a good story. Previous reviewers have criticized some of the stories for not fitting nicely into the theme of the siege of Budapest, and admittedly some of the stories do appear at first to be only coincidentally linked, yet these stories reveal some of the subtlety of the first and second-hand traumas caused by the siege. Overall, Siege 13 was highly enjoyable, and I often found myself sitting and thinking after each story had concluded. The depth and profundity of Dobozy's narratives make for an enticing read, and each story begs to be read again.
Date published: 2013-05-28

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Siege 13: Stories

Siege 13: Stories

by Tamas Dobozy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.88 in

Published: September 15, 2012

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771022043

ISBN - 13: 9781771022040

From the Publisher

2012 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize - Winner
2012 Governor General's Literary Award - Finalist, English-Language Fiction

In December of 1944, the Red Army entered Budapest to begin one of the bloodiest sieges of the Second World War. By February, the siege was over, but its effects were to be felt for decades afterward.

Siege 13 is a collection of thirteen linked stories about this terrible time in history, both its historical moment, but also later, as a legacy of silence, haunting, and trauma that shadows the survivors. Set in both Budapest before and after the siege, and in the present day - in Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe - Siege 13 traces the ripple effect of this time on characters directly involved, and on their friends, associates, sons, daughters, grandchildren, and adoptive countries.

Written by one of this country's best and most internationally recognized short story authors - the story "The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kallman Once Lived" won the 2011 O. Henry Prize for short fiction - Siege 13 is an intelligent, emotional, and absorbing cycle of stories about war, family, loyalty, love and redemption.

About the Author

Tamas Dobozy was born in Nanaimo, BC. After receiving his Ph.D. in English from the University of British Columbia, he taught at Memorial University. His work has been published in journals throughout North America, and in 1995 he won the annual subTerrain short fiction contest. When X Equals Marylou, his first collection of short fiction, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. Tamas Dobozy now teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

...Dobozy makes these artfully stratified vignettes engrossing intellectual puzzles any historically minded reader will thrill to wrestle with.