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Siege 13

Tamas Dobozy is the son of Hungarian immigrants and his latest book Siege 13 contains a collection of eclectic short stories encompassing a world between war-torn Budapest and modern-day North America. Siege 13 was winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a finalist in the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Even with my limited knowledge of history surrounding Budapest, I loved the complexity of the stories surrounding that era. Masterfully told and unsettlingly touching, the collection proves that Tamas Dobozy is indeed at the top of his game with a  non-formulaic storytelling that is refreshing, albeit at times weird, but as a reader every bit of prose imparts a delightful takeaway.

“Whenever Gรถrbe spoke about his work there was a complete absence of the technical or practical aspects of publishing. Just as when he read to my sons, he spoke as if he was a privileged reader rather than the author. He was never sure , he said, where the story was going even as his writing and drawing proceeded, always one step ahead of his conscious intentions.”

Tamas Dobozy’s characters are memorable, and his writing colourful, amassed with literary nuances, immersing the vivid historical accounts. His stories continue to live in our minds long after the book takes a spot on some dusty bookshelf.

5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars
Siege 13 is published by Thomas Allen Publishers.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle

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