Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy
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...Dobozy makes these artfully stratified vignettes engrossing intellectual puzzles any historically minded reader will thrill to wrestle with.
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Built around the events of the Soviet Budapest Offensive at the end of World War II and its long shadow, the stories in Siege 13 are full of wit, irony, and dark humor. In a series of linked stories that alternate between the siege itself and a contemporary community of Hungarian émigrés who find refuge in the West (Canada, the U.S,. and parts of Europe), Dobozy utilizes a touch of deadpan humor and a deep sense of humanity to extoll the horrors and absurdity of ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of brutal conflict and its silent aftermath.

Carefully constructing an intentionally faulty history of war and its effects on a community, Dobozy blurs the line between right and wrong, portraying a world in which one man’s betrayal is another man’s survival, and in which common citizens are caught between the pincers of aggressors, leading to actions at once deplorable, perplexing, and heroic. A psychological study in the affects of aggression, silence, and social upheaval, Dobozy's stories feature characters, "lost forever in the labyrinth built on the thin border between memories and reality, past and present, words and silence. Like Nabokov, Tamas Dobozy combines the best elements of European and American storytelling, creating a fictional world of his own."(David Albahari, author of Gotz and Meyer)
 

About Tamas Dobozy

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Tamas Dobozy is the author of Last Notes: And Other Stories (Arcade, 2002), named a top fiction title by The Globe and Mail and When X Equals Marylou (Arsenal Pulp, 2003). His work has appeared in Granta 107, The Raritan Review, One Story, The Chicago Review, Northwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. His works have also been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, and he was awarded an O. Henry Prize. Born and raised in Canada by Hungarian-born parents, Dobozy was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at New York University, and he now teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and lives in Ontario, Canada.
 
Published January 21, 2013 by Milkweed Editions. 361 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Garth Risk Hallberg on Apr 05 2013

The weaknesses in these lines — portentousness, melodrama and just plain not knowing when to stop — are also the larger weaknesses of these stories. Too often, Dobozy shackles an already outsize plot to an even more outsize Symbol.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Susan Koefod on Jun 14 2013

Given all the compromise, Dobozy’s characters seem unable to make the biggest compromise of all: to just forget the past and move on.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Mark Medley on Nov 02 2012

...a superb collection of short stories that revisits two of the deadliest months in Hungarian history.

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Good
Reviewed by Brett Josef Grubisic on Sep 14 2012

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

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Brett Josef Grubisic on Sep 14 2012

Despite all the glumness, Dobozy makes these artfully stratified vignettes engrossing intellectual puzzles any historically minded reader will thrill to wrestle with.

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