By Johanna Adorján
A well known cultural journalist grants a unprecedented account of her grandparents through reconstructing, hour via hour, the day in their suicide.
Johanna Adorján's grandparents have been unconventionally based and ceaselessly unique; they survived the Holocaust, fled Budapest through the rebellion of 1956, and lived a glamorous and mysterious existence in Denmark—their pasts by no means mentioned, even in the family members. An specific Love is Adorján's poignant and loving reconstruction of what can have occurred at the day in their deaths, while Adorján used to be simply twenty. Investigating the wealthy and incredible tale in their lives, Adorján finds the compromises they made and dangers they took, and what it intended for her family. This memoir tells of a couple's extravagant devotion to one another, and their granddaughter's later discovery of advanced personalities, long-buried relatives secrets and techniques, and why they finally determined, jointly, to take their very own lives. W. G. Sebald's translator Anthea Bell renders Adorján's brilliantly developed, powerfully concise memoir with wonderful readability. superbly written, smooth yet by no means sentimental, An specific Love is a bright portrait of a real twentieth-century couple. .
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Asked the driver. ” The taxi driver hesitated and then nodded. “I’ve seen some work going on in a synagogue in the old port quarter. ” When the taxi pulled up at a small, thickwalled building with most of its windows broken out, Freddie took it to have been abandoned during the war. A burst of heavy hammering came echoing from inside. Freddie saw a wide-shouldered man on a ladder paneling one of the walls. He wore a small, embroidered skullcap, a yarmulke, that seemed to cling to his head by faith alone.