An Exclusive Love

An Exclusive Love

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WW Norton
“This book tells the story of Vera and István, Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust, fled during the 1956 uprising in Budapest to Denmark and in 1991 in Copenhagen took their own lives. They were found in their bed, hand in hand. It is the story of an unusual love. The story of my grandparents."—Johanna Adorján

Baker & Taylor
The author describes the unconventional lives of her grandparents, from surviving the Holocaust and fleeing Budapest during the uprising of 1956 to their complex personalities and long-buried family secrets that may have led them to take their own lives together.

Norton Pub
Two people have grown old together. He is terminally ill, she doesn't want to live without him. One Sunday in autumn, they clean the apartment, leave the dog with a friend, and protect the rose-bushes against the cold of the coming winter. Then they are ready.Tactfully and affectionately, Johanna Adorján has reconstructed the day of her grandparents' suicide. Vera and István were anything but ordinary. Chain-smoking and glamorous, they exuded the aura of a more elegant age. And they had a past which they did not discuss—even within the family. Decades ago they had fled disaster, started a new life in Denmark and—so it seemed—never looked back.Sixteen years after her grandparents' death, Johanna Adorján sets out to fill the gaps of their story, in the process discovering unexpected things about herself and her family. Against the backdrop of the horrors of the 20th-century, she brings Vera and István back to life—a fascinating couple, peculiarly stylish, stubborn, eccentric. With an extraordinary blend of true reporting and novelistic recreation Johanna Adorján tries to understand their last and powerful act.Beautifully written, tender but never sentimental, An Exclusive Love is a brilliantly-constructed memoir and a gorgeous romance, a tale of two people who died as they lived: inseparable.
“This book tells the story of Vera and István, Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust, fled during the 1956 uprising in Budapest to Denmark and in 1991 in Copenhagen took their own lives. They were found in their bed, hand in hand. It is the story of an unusual love. The story of my grandparents."—Johanna Adorján

Book News
In this first American edition, Adorján (a writer/editor residing in Berlin) reconstructs a memoir of her grandparents, Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust and Hungarian uprising, and committed suicide together in Copenhagen in 1991. The book concludes with notes on the police file on the case. Originally published in German in 2009; the first English edition was published in Australia in 2010. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393080018
0393080013
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 Adorjan 2011
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Exklusive Liebe. English

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May 09, 2011

Great book. After the death of her grandparents by suicide in 1991, the author speaks to many friends and relatives trying to piece together who her grandparents were and what drove them to commit suicide together. Their past lives are intertwined with the day of their suicide.

debwalker Feb 08, 2011

Shelf Talker: An exploration by a Danish author of her Hungarian grandparents' lives as World War II survivors, and their suicides in their 70s. In reconstructing the last day of their lives, Johanna Adorján has written a sad but tender story.

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