The Afterlife Of Stars

Paperback | September 2, 2014

byJoseph Kertes

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In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and incalculable loss to arrive at a place they thought they’d lost forever: home.

 

In beautifully crafted writing that burns with intensity and humour, Joseph Kertes explores displacement and uncertainty in a dark time from the perspective of two boys filled with wonder at the world around them.

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 In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalr...

 JOSEPH KERTES was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. His first novel, Winter Tulips , won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His third n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 6.12 × 0.74 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143191489

ISBN - 13:9780143191483

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written An engrossing story that pulls the reader into the world of two young brothers escaping post WW2 Hungary with their family. The personalities of the two boys are strongly sketched. The sharp intelligence and eccentricities of the older boy create a creeping uneasiness in the reader: character is destiny. There are poignant moments, humourous moments and heartbreaking moments. This is a beautifully written book.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story! Loved the story! The story takes you back during such an awful time and manages to make you both laugh and cry. Joseph Kertes is a wordsmith with an imagination so deep and vivid, that you get lost in the story. I definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! Was fortunate to get my hands on an advanced copy. The Afterlife of Stars is a remarkable, thought-provoking work by an exceptionally talented writer. Recommend highly.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! Was fortunate to get my hands on an advanced copy. The Afterlife of Stars is a remarkable, thought-provoking work by an exceptionally talented writer. Recommend highly.
Date published: 2014-07-29

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“The Afterlife of Stars is a remarkable achievement. It takes us to some of humanity’s darkest places, though in a voice so infused with life and so attuned to life’s wonder that it manages to wrest from them a sense of resounding affirmation.” - Nino Ricci, Winner of the Governor General's Award“Blazing with every single good thing that a work of fiction ever does or could do. It is brilliant. Radiant.” - Richard Bausch, winner of the Pen/Malamud award"The Afterlife of Stars moved me more than any other novel I've read in recent memory. It hypnotizes, it delights. It shines every page with quiet, implacable, blanketing beauty--like a snowfall. Beyond all else, The Afterlife of Stars reaches into your chest and takes hold of your heart and does not let it go, not even if the page is turned. The Afterlife of Stars keeps shining on. What an exquisite novel." - Tim O'Brien. Winner of the National Book Award"We meet the Beck brothers at the very moment history lays claim on them. Their bond is sure to become one of literature's great and sustaining relationships. Joe Kertes writes with tremendous love for the idiosyncratic and passionate loyalties of family. With masterful concision, he expresses the trauma of an era. This is a book of remarkable scope and depth; unforgettable and deeply moving." - Anne Michaels, Winner of the Orange Prize"The Afterlife of Stars has a wonderful, unique voice and a gift of language. It is a great artistic achievement." - Trevor Cole, Winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Honour