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The Photographer at Sixteen The Death and Life of a Fighter

Hardback (31 Jan 2019) | English

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Synopsis

"A truly remarkable book about identity, image and memory. It is fiercely compelling" EDMUND DE WAAL, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes

"It is a courageous and remarkable achievement. I've read no memoir that moved me more" MIRANDA SEYMOUR, Financial Times

A poet's memoir of his mother that flows backwards through time, and through a tumultuous period of European history - a tender and yet unsparing autobiographical journey.

In July 1975, Magda Szirtes died in the ambulance on the way to hospital after she had tried to take her own life. She was fifty-one years old. The Photographer at Sixteen spools into the past, through her exile in England, her flight with her husband and two young boys from Hungary in 1956 and her time in two concentration camps, her girlhood as an ambitious photographer, and the unknowable fate of her vanished family in Transylvania.

The woman who emerges - with all her contradictions - is utterly captivating. What were the terrors and obsessions that drove her? The Photographer at Sixteen reveals a life from the depths of its final days to the comparable safety of its childhood. It is a book born of curiosity, of guilt and of love.

About the Publisher

MacLehose Press

MacLehose Press

The MacLehose Press is devoted to the translation of literature and crime fiction into English, and to the publication of a very few outstanding writers in English. This press has broken new ground with the bestselling success of the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and with many other critically acclaimed books including translations from Italian, Spanish, Polish, Icelandic, French, and Arabic.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857058539
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Imprint: MacLehose Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.5318092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 3140
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 364g
Height: 143mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 25mm