By György Dragomán
Djata doesn’t recognize what to make of the 2 males who lead his father away someday, nor does he comprehend why his mom bursts into tears while he brings her tulips on her marriage ceremony anniversary. He does recognize that he needs to learn how to fill his father’s footwear, even if between his acquaintances he's nonetheless a boy: battling with local bullies, enjoying football on radioactive grass, having irrelevant crushes, sneaking into mystery screening rooms, and taking pictures at stray cats together with his gun-happy grandfather. however the random brutality of Djata’s global is tempered by means of the hilarious absurdity of the occasions he reveals himself in, by way of his enduring religion in his father’s go back, and by means of moments of unforeseen good looks, desire, and kindness.
based as a sequence of interconnected tales propelled by way of the power of Dragomán’s riveting prose, the chapters of The White King jointly light up the fun and humiliations of growing to be up, whereas portray a multifaceted and unforgettable portrait of existence in an oppressive country and its human price. And as within the works of Mark Haddon, David Mitchell, and Marjane Satrapi, Djata’s child’s-eye view lends energy and immediacy to his tale, making us chortle and pain in reputation and reminding us all of our shared humanity.
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