Friday, April 18, 2008

A Magical Book

Goldstein, Lisa. Red Magician (Scarscape $5.99). On the eve of the Second World War, a young, red-haired magician who calls himself Vorős arrives in a small Hungarian village prophesying disaster. Like Cassandra, he finds no one believes him, no one except 13-year-old Kiesi. She tries to warn the villagers, but the local rabbi, also possessed of magical powers, frustrates the child and the Red Magician. Then the Nazis descend and send everyone in the village to concentration camps, including Kiesi and her family. Can the power of the Red Magician help?

This novel "turns the hidden world of Eastern European Jews during the 1940s into a world of wonders, then transcends the Holocaust with a magical optimism," writes The New York Times Book Review.

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