Yudit Kiss grew up a communist in Budapest, soaking up her father’s ideology unquestioningly. As a child she is puzzled when others refer to her as Jewish; she only knows that her family doesn’t believe in God. How can they?
As her father lies dying, Yudit tries to understand the enigma surrounding his life. Where does his unshakeable communist conviction come from? Why doesn’t he have relatives? As she digs deeper into his tragic history, Yudit is forced to confront the contradictions and lies woven into the life of her family – and her country – through the dramatic twists of twentieth century Hungary.
The Summer My Father Died is a warm, graceful and poignant memoir.
About the Author
Yudit Kiss was born in Budapest in 1956. After having worked in Hungary, Mexico and the UK, she moved to Switzerland in the early 1990s, where she currently lives. A researcher in economic development, she is the author of a number of articles, research papers and academic works. The Summer My Father Died is her first literary work.
About the Translator
Georges Szirtes is a celebrated poet and translator. His books include Reel, which won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2005. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations include Metropole by Ferec Karinthy (Telegram, 2008).
'A remarkable memoir ... the journey is riveting.' Lisa Appignanesi
'The Summer My Father Died shook me profoundly.' István Szabó
'Few texts have moved me as much as Yudit's writing about life during the hell of 1944 in Budapest.'
'The Summer My Father Died is such a rich book that no book review can ever do it justice. One must read it.'
Eva Balogh, Hungarian Spectrum