Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines by Peter Lantos

Parallel Lines

This is a story of a young boy's journey from a sleepy provincial town in Hungary during the Second World War to the concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen. Unlike other books dealing with this period, this is not a Holocaust story but a child's recollection of a journey full of surprise, excitement, bereavement and terror. Yet, this remains a testimony of survival, as the author overcomes obstacles which, to adults, seemed insurmountable but which, to a child, were part of an adventure and, ultimately, recovery. After having established a career in the West, the author decided to revisit the stages on his earlier journeys, reliving the past through the perspective of the present. Along the way, ghosts from the past are finally laid to rest by the kindness of new friends.

'Something of a genius with the readability of a classic' Alan Sillitoe

'A remarkable addition to the literature of the Holocaust' Sunday Times

'I have read few autobiographies more extraordinary – astonishing' Observer

'Deeply moving' The Age (Melbourne)

'This wonderful memoir introduces a narrator with rare gifts' The Tablet

'Movingly narrated memoir' Independent

'A classic. I preferred it to Primo Levi's If This is a Man. One of the things I found appealing was his restraint and reserve' Edward Wilson

'We can now celebrate Peter Lantos's book which accomplishes something rare: an emotionally moving and, at the same time, clinically precise account' NU, Vienna

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Published: 
07 Jan 2007
ISBN: 
9781905147571
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Parallel Lines by Peter Lantos

Parallel Lines

This is a story of a young boy's journey from a sleepy provincial town in Hungary during the Second World War to the concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen. Unlike other books dealing with this period, this is not a Holocaust story, but a child's recollection of a journey full of surprise, excitement, bereavement and terror. Yet, this remains a testimony of survival, overcoming obstacles, which to adults may seem insurmountable, but to a child were just part of an adventure and, ultimately, recovery. After having established a career in the West, the author decided to revisit the stages on his earlier journeys, reliving the past through the perspective of the present. Along the way, ghosts from the past are finally laid to rest by the kindness of new friends.

'Something of a genius with the readability of a classic' Alan Sillitoe

'A remarkable addition to the literature of the Holocaust' Sunday Times

'I have read few autobiographies more extraordinary - astonishing' Observer

'Deeply moving' The Age (Melbourne)

'This wonderful memoir introduces a narrator with rare gifts' The Tablet

'Movingly narrated memoir' Independent

'A classic. I preferred it to Primo Levi's If This is a Man. One of the things I found appealing was his restraint and reserve' Edward Wilson

'We can now celebrate Peter Lantos's book which accomplishes something rare: an emotionally moving and, at the same time, clinically precise account' NU, Vienna

Price £: 
6.99
eBook
Published: 
25 Jul 2013
ISBN: 
9781909807341
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About the author

  • Peter Lantos

    Peter Lantos was born in 1939 in Makó, a small provincial town in the south-eastern corner of Hungary. In the summer of 1944 he was deported with his parents to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany where his father died of starvation. Later, his school years at the local high school were dramatically interrupted by the revolution of October 1956. His plan to study medicine was first frustrated by the authorities: he was on the blacklist of the Communist system. After graduating from medicine, he was fortunate to be awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, and had a medicinal career in England for 34 years leading to his election to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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