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Written by George Szirtes
A truly remarkable book . . . fiercely compelling EDMUND DE WAAL *SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK MEMORIAL PRIZE* I've read no memoir that moved me more MIRANDA SEYMOUR *SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE* The writing is always scrupulous . . . [a] compelling memoir BLAKE MORRISON *SHORTLISTED FOR THE JEWISH WINGATE PRIZE* Beautifully written and utterly compelling Sunday Times *SHORTLISTED FOR THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE* An original, probingly thoughtful memoir EVA HOFFMANN Full of warmth, grief, curiosity, wisdom . . . highly original New European An exquisitely told memoir Spectator Beautiful, devastating The Arts Desk The beloved 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.
|Publication date:||6th February 2020|
|Publisher:||MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
GEORGE SZIRTES' many books of poetry have won prizes including the T. S. Eliot Prize (2004), for which he was again shortlisted for Bad Machine (2013). His translation of Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai (whom he interviewed for The White Review) was awarded the Best Translated Book Award in the US. He is also the translator of Sandor Marai and Magda Szabo. The Photographer at Sixteen is his first venture into prose writing of his own.More About George Szirtes
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