The Red Magician
Winner of the National Book Award: In the shadow of the Holocaust, a young girl discovers the power of magic In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses... show more
Winner of the National Book Award: In the shadow of the Holocaust, a young girl discovers the power of magic In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses Kicsi’s school for teaching lessons in Hebrew, the holy tongue, the possibility of adventure seems further away than ever. But when a mysterious stranger appears telling stories of far-off lands, Kicsi feels the world within her grasp. His name is Vörös, and he is a magician’s assistant who seems to have powers all his own. There is darkness growing at the edge of the village—a darkness far blacker than any rabbi’s curse. Vörös warns of the Nazi threat, but only Kicsi hears what he says. As evil consumes a continent, Vörös will teach Kicsi that sometimes the magician’s greatest trick is survival.
Publish date: 2014-10-21
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, World War II
, Magical Realism
I'm a bit ashamed because it took me a year to read it after I got a copy from Netgalley even though it is such a short story. Kicsi grows up in a small Jewish village in central Europe, and the story starts as something between a fable and mythology, interweaving Jewish folklore and magic in the ...
This is a fable, not a novel. The characters aren't people,but they are more than types. It is actually a fable about loss and blame. It's something you puzzle over more than enjoy, though.
But it doesn't take courage to die. That's easy. It takes courage to live. I had never heard of this book before I saw it on NetGalley. It won the National Book Award and Open Road Media is now publishing it in ebook format. I love reading books that take place in WWII and I can't really remember r...
The book follows Kisci, a young Jewish girl, from a small Hungarian village in the 1930s. When a red-haired stranger called Vörös, who can see to the future, comes to the village and tells about horrors to come, the village rabbi refuses to listen and insists that nothing will happen. The two men cl...
(I got a copy courtesy of OpenRoad Media through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)An interesting short story, though I must admit it wasn't exactly what I expected, and I ended up not liking it as much as I hoped.On the one hand, I could easily feel the magic permeating the atmosphere, t...