Open Word: Readings and Ideas, Tamas Dobozy

Nancy Forde
Open Word: Readings and Ideas, Tamas Dobozy
Monday, March 3, 2014, 8:30 am

Reading 1: Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., University of Victoria, Human and Social Development (HSD) Building, Room A240
Reading 2 and interview by Lorna Jackson: March 6 at 7:30 p.m., Open Space
Open Space, in partnership with the University of Victoria Department of Writing, will host Tamas Dobozy as part of its literary series, Open Word: Readings and Ideas. He will read from his recent book of short stories, Siege 13, at Open Space on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. followed by an interview by local writer Lorna Jackson. Books, beer, and wine will be available for sale. Dobozy will also read that morning at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Victoria, Human and Social Development Building (HSD), Room A240. For those who live in Nanaimo, he will also read at Vancouver Island University on Wednesday, March 5, at 12:00 p.m. 
In December of 1944, the Red Army entered Budapest to begin one of the bloodiest sieges of the Second World War. By February, the siege was over, but its effects were to be felt for decades afterward. Siege 13 is a collection of thirteen linked stories about this terrible time in history, both its historical moment, but also later, as a legacy of silence, haunting, and trauma that shadows the survivors. Set both in Budapest before and after the siege, and in the present day—in Canada, the US, and parts of Europe—Siege 13 traces the ripple effect of this time on characters directly involved and on their friends, associates, sons, daughters, grandchildren, and adoptive countries. Written by one of this country’s best and most internationally recognized short story authors—the story “The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kallman Once Lived” won the 2011 O. Henry Prize for short fiction—Siege 13 is an intelligent, emotional, and absorbing cycle of stories about war, family, loyalty, love, and redemption. 
“This vivid rendering of Hungarian history as a nightmare from which no one quite wants to awake is Dobozy’s finest achievement.” —Garth Risk Hallberg, the New York Times 
“Dobozy makes these artfully stratified vignettes engrossing intellectual puzzles any historically minded reader will thrill to wrestle with.” —Brett Josef Grubisic, the National Post