When the World Was Whole: 2three Centuries of Memories

Charles Fenyvesi, Author Viking Books $19.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-670-83180-7
A Washington, D.C., journalist lovingly recreates the villages where his ancestors, who for 400 years were as ``rooted in the land of Hungary as an old walnut tree,'' built up a sizable estate. His stories, passed down in the family, depict a society in which certain Jews became prosperous and respected to the extent that even today many gentile survivors of the Nazis and Communists refer to the ``dear old Jews.'' At his uncle's funeral in the village of Derzs in 1988, local Catholic children read the Kaddish in the family cemetery. When WW I reduced the family's wealth, they moved to a nearby city; in WW II, the author's grandmother and other relatives perished at Auschwitz. Fenyvesi writes with warmth, sympathy, humor--and a few sentimental excesses--about his relatives, native land and the emperor Franz Josef, who had a ``tender heart'' for the Jews. Photos. 25,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-1-84884-264-9
Hardcover - 366 pages - 978-1-61149-295-8
Hardcover - 376 pages - 978-1-107-00154-1
Paperback - 239 pages - 978-1-934813-59-1
Prebound-Glued - 174 pages - 978-0-606-21595-4
Paperback - 478 pages - 978-1-241-41928-8
Paperback - 28 pages - 978-3-640-48966-4
Hardcover - 124 pages - 978-1-61147-330-8
Prebound-Glued - 248 pages - 978-0-606-21691-3
Paperback - 58 pages - 978-1-61744-948-2
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-1-4448-0772-1
Hardcover - 367 pages - 978-1-61148-115-0
Hardcover - 277 pages - 978-1-61148-116-7
Hardcover - 288 pages - 978-0-263-22231-9
Paperback - 858 pages - 978-1-241-43462-5
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-1-61148-147-1
Paperback - 342 pages - 978-1-241-44260-6
Hardcover - 252 pages - 978-1-61148-164-8
Paperback - 193 pages - 978-1-4448-0734-9
Hardcover - 283 pages - 978-0-263-22219-7
Show other formats
FORMATS
Discover what to read next
TIP SHEET
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X
X