The End


Translated from by

Published: August 1, 2023


ISBN: 9781953861429
This item will be released on August 1, 2023.


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Book Description

As a child, András Szabad’s first memory is of Colonel Adler calmly asserting “if I were to take my own life, I would do it solely because …this wine is terrible,” seconds before shooting himself at the dining room table. András Szabad grows up to be a self-proclaimed godless photographer, navigating a morass of spectral presences in communist Hungary. The End is an exposé on the life of an artist, tracing and retracing András’s dance between alienation and connection through a string of sado-masochistic encounters and unconventional friendships, posing moral questions at every turn. With taut and vibrant writing, Attila’s tapestry of memories invites the reader into a delirious house of mirrors, whose lurid web is difficult to shake.

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