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The White King [Download] ✤ The White King ➸ György Dragomán – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This debut introduces us to precocious eleven year old Djata, whose life in the totalitarian state he calls home is about to change foreverDjata doesn t know what to make of the two men who lead his f This debut introduces us to precocious eleven year old Djata, whose life in the totalitarian state he calls home is about to change foreverDjata doesn t know what to make of the two men who lead his father away one day, nor does he understand why The White ePUB í his mother bursts into tears when he brings her tulips on her wedding anniversary He does know that he must learn to fill his father s shoes, even though among his friends he is still a boy fighting with neighborhood bullies, playing soccer on radioactive grass, having inappropriate crushes, sneaking into secret screening rooms, and shooting at stray cats with his gun happy grandfather But the random brutality of Djata s world is tempered by the hilarious absurdity of the situations he finds himself in, by his enduring faith in his father s return, and by moments of unexpected beauty, hope, and kindness.

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The White King
  • György Dragomán
  • English
  • 09 January 2019
  • 0618945172

About the Author: György Dragomán

Gy rgy Dragom n is a Hungarian author and literary translator His best known work, The White King has been translated to at least langugagesHe was born in T rgu Mure Marosv s rhely Transylvania, Romania In , his family moved to Hungary He The White ePUB í attended high school in the western Hungarian city of Szombathely, then college in Budapest, getting a degree in English and Philosophy He has received various literary awards for his writings, such as the S ndor Br dy prize His first novel, Genesis Undone, was published in He has become famous because of his second book, The White King, which received very favorable reviews from many influential newspapers, such as The New York Times It is a collection of loosely connected stories told by an year old boy waiting for his father to be released from politically motivated imprisonmentDragom n lives in Budapest with his wife and two children.



10 thoughts on “The White King

  1. CJ CJ says:

    This book was incredibly painful to read The author now lives in Hungary, but grew up in Romania in the 1980s I can t even imagine what that was like even after reading this book There were moments of absolute depravity a gang of kids with bricks in plastic bags interspersed with moments of pure joy a construction worker with a roomful of songbirds I don t know why I finished it I wanted to stop many times, I couldn t Beautifully written even through the translation.

  2. Angela Angela says:

    The White King, a short novel illuminating two years of preteen narrator Djata s life under an unnamed regime strongly resembling Ceausescu s Romania, is a sort of Lord of the Flies meets Viktor Pelevin Most of the characters are schoolboys, but their universe is a microcosm of the authoritarian communist world around them, and this adult world spills into and informs every aspect of their lives Along the way, Djata meets a number of fascinating characters living on the margins of this world i The White King, a short novel illuminating two years of preteen narrator Djata s life under an unnamed regime strongly resembling Ceausescu s Romania, is a sort of Lord of the Flies meets Viktor Pelevin Most of the characters are schoolboys, but their universe is a microcosm of the authoritarian communist world around them, and this adult world spills into and informs every aspect of their lives Along the way, Djata meets a number of fascinating characters living on the margins of this world in which everyone struggles to make do and a delivery of tropical produce to the local grocery inspires a street riot Parts of The White King are painful to read, but the novel is infused with the kind of cynical absurdist humor that only Eastern Europeans and Russians are capable of getting exactly right Dragoman also has an uncommon ability to render his young characters faithfully Djata s perceptiveness and naivete are in just the right balance.Dragoman is a beautiful, promising writer who has perfectly captured all the frustration and terror of an absurd world while never overwhelming the reader with too much horror at once or too broad a scope in any of his stories As for his prose, well, at times you can close your eyes and imagine Faulkner in 1980s Romania.When the corporal saw us with that gasoline can, he shouted to us right away to take it over to him, and that s when I noticed that he had another bottle of plum spirits in his hand, it was still almost full, and when we put the gasoline can down in front of him, he wedged the bottle of spirits between his thighs, undid the clasp lock on the can, took a sniff, and then took the can in his hands, and then he let out a big groan, raised the can above his head, and dribbled a little of its contents into his mouth, but he spit it out right away and flung the can to the ground, at least a cupful splashed out, and he started shouting on and on about this fucking world, about life being so unjust, and about how his poor old man had had to scrape by on hospital issue disinfecting alcohol, which was almost undrinkable even when you filtered out the blue dye they mixed in to keep folks from drinking it, and the whole time his father had been drinking this shit, he, his son, had been guzzling top notch plum spirits by the bottle, why, even now his knapsack was full of the stuff, but from now on, he said, things would be different, and he stood up and lifted the bottle of plum spirits and turned it upside down and splashed it out on the ground, flailing his arm so wildly while doing so that he almost fell over twice, and when the bottle was empty he flung it into the lake, and then he hobbled over to the small heap of odds and ends, poked at it with a crutch, pried out a pickle jar from among all the clothes, picked it up, and threw it over to Jancsi, telling him to go wash it out, and Jancsi hadn t even gone two steps when the corporal also threw over a bucket and told him to clean that too and fill it with water, and then he picked up one of the plastic bags and said yes, he knew there would be charcoal here that his poor father had used to filter that nasty blue stuff out of the disinfecting alcohol

  3. Heta Heta says:

    I don t even feel like writing a long review on this book, so, some bullet points told from the POV of an 11 year old child, and I really don t like kid s POVs except in rare cases when they are written well extremely disjointed plot, would have worked better as a short story collection, but considering I didn t really care for anything in the plot, wouldn t have made much of a difference stream of consciousness narrative that added nothing to the plot and made it hard to connect to I was e I don t even feel like writing a long review on this book, so, some bullet points told from the POV of an 11 year old child, and I really don t like kid s POVs except in rare cases when they are written well extremely disjointed plot, would have worked better as a short story collection, but considering I didn t really care for anything in the plot, wouldn t have made much of a difference stream of consciousness narrative that added nothing to the plot and made it hard to connect to I was expecting an interesting look into how living in a totalitarian state affects the minds and behaviors of children what I got was pages on end of everyone in this country fucking beats each other to pulp all the time and the mental reparations of this are virtually non existent The shortness of this review goes to show how much I cared about this book Next, please

  4. Andreas Münzinger Andreas Münzinger says:

    The white king is not an easy read The further I progressed, theI felt for Djata and his mother They live in a cruel and mostly heartless world, where people need to be cruel to survive Dragoman s use of the non judgemental first person voice of Djata makes some of the stories evenshocking and left me quite saddened Life in 1980s Romania communism must truly have been hell, if even half of what Djata experiences in the book is true The book manages to portray this feeling very w The white king is not an easy read The further I progressed, theI felt for Djata and his mother They live in a cruel and mostly heartless world, where people need to be cruel to survive Dragoman s use of the non judgemental first person voice of Djata makes some of the stories evenshocking and left me quite saddened Life in 1980s Romania communism must truly have been hell, if even half of what Djata experiences in the book is true The book manages to portray this feeling very well and therefore gets 5 stars from me

  5. Suvi Suvi says:

    The stream of consciousness writing didn t add anything to the story, it could have done without it Also, the characters felt to me like mere sketches without being an intense part of the little stories Not very touching and sometimes only hints at what life was like in a world like this.

  6. Margot Margot says:

    This novel is comprised of a series of scenes short stories that encapsulate two years in the life of Djata, an adolescent growing up in a mysterious land based on 1980s Romania In this totalitarian state, Djata s father is taken from his family and sent to work digging at the Danube for being a traitor to the Party Djata goes about his business as a young boy, making trouble with his friends, getting into fights and sneaking into forbidden areas But the spectre of Djata s missing father hang This novel is comprised of a series of scenes short stories that encapsulate two years in the life of Djata, an adolescent growing up in a mysterious land based on 1980s Romania In this totalitarian state, Djata s father is taken from his family and sent to work digging at the Danube for being a traitor to the Party Djata goes about his business as a young boy, making trouble with his friends, getting into fights and sneaking into forbidden areas But the spectre of Djata s missing father hangs over every aspect of his life, making him an introspective boy forced to become the man of the house.The writing style is made up of overwhelming run on sentences that sometimes go on for complete pages I enjoyed the translation, which captures the boyish youthful exuberance of the breathless narration It s in first person, with the limited perspective and limited knowledge of youth.Here s a sample This sentence is three pages long, and concludes a chapter describing Djata and his mother packing up their belongings to sell I ll include just the first page here Before then, we never touched Father s things, we didn t even open his closet or his desk drawers so if he came home he d find everything just the way he left it the day they came and took him away, and ever since then I stood in front of Father s closet lots of times and looked into the shiny polish of its door as if it was a mirror, and I thought of the smell the closet must have had when Father opened it to take out some hidden piece of chocolate or chewing gum, and I tried imagining that Father was standing there behind me and that the only reason I couldn t see him was because the polish was too shiny, and as I sat there on my bed listening to Mother pack that suitcase, I again tried thinking through my things one after another because I knew I d have to pick out something anyway, but then I started remembering when I got each one or where I got it from, plus what I d done with it or wanted to do with it, and I knew this just wouldn t work, that I wouldn t be able to pick out anything this way either, and then I clearly heard Mother opening Father s closet door and giving a big sigh, and I heard the rustling of Father s suits as Mother threw them one after another onto the couch, and then I stood up and stopped in the middle of my room and snooped slowly around like i did whenever I played search the premises or pretended I was a burglar, as if it wasn t even my own room but some stranger s as if I didn t know what anything was and where it was from and what it was for, as if I was simply looking for something, and that everything else was just in the way, and then suddenly I heard Mother sniffling softly out in the living room, so I knew for sure that she was packing Father s clothes, and then I leaned down and pulled an empty cardboard box out from under my bed, a box I wanted to cut up into a suit of armor for the next time my friends and I had ourselves a little costume party, and I went over to my shelf and began taking things off it one after another, and without picking and choosing at all I just threw all my comic books, model airplanes, and hand painted lead soldiers into the box 154

  7. Zoltán Kelemen Zoltán Kelemen says:

    I ve started reading this book on a long trip home, as it was one of the few books from an author from my area to be translated into several languages and wanted to read it, before making it a gift to someone else The trip was long enough, the book good and short enough for me to finish inor less one go and I was happy with the choice I can happily give this book as a gift.Of course I have no idea how the book will transpire to those alien to our upbringing and childhood environment Al I ve started reading this book on a long trip home, as it was one of the few books from an author from my area to be translated into several languages and wanted to read it, before making it a gift to someone else The trip was long enough, the book good and short enough for me to finish inor less one go and I was happy with the choice I can happily give this book as a gift.Of course I have no idea how the book will transpire to those alien to our upbringing and childhood environment Although I did not know it at first I knew he was from the region, but not specifics it turns out the author is from my home town and is barely a few years older than me This made it easy to relate to this story on a quite personal level in a lots of places, even if my childhood has been vastly different from his fictive account And it is fictional, although it has roots and feeding from reality, but it is still just a story occasionally amped up by the active imagination of an 11 year old boy the hero of the book and picking random elements of our near history to build a world closely but not perfectly mirrored of our own Even though I understood that, it kept pestering me, that the timing of the story early to mid 80 s and the main premise the hero s father is taken into a forced labor camp by the regime are not exactly overlapping The particular labor camps featured in the story have been basically disbanded by the 80s as far as I knew, buuut anyway It s a story, mkay And it s a 10 year old kid s story, told with vehemence and color and fables the way a kid may see the world around him, not the way we think we understand it

  8. Charlaralotte Charlaralotte says:

    Not a book that s easily read in one sitting Each chapter is a very intense short story unto itself Excellent stream of consciousness writing Excellent descriptions and dialogue What at first seems like a random collection of boy growing up stories coalesces into a frighteningly realistic portrait of life in a Soviet country The violence of the children the adults as they deal with misinformation, manipulation, and loss of control over their own lives is harrowing Not a book that s easily read in one sitting Each chapter is a very intense short story unto itself Excellent stream of consciousness writing Excellent descriptions and dialogue What at first seems like a random collection of boy growing up stories coalesces into a frighteningly realistic portrait of life in a Soviet country The violence of the children the adults as they deal with misinformation, manipulation, and loss of control over their own lives is harrowing

  9. Vicky Hunt Vicky Hunt says:

    This is not worth reading Maybe it is the translation partially, but the story itself is very poorly written It sounds like it was written by a 5th grader The chapters are disjointed and change with no sense of connection The story features quite a bit of bullying and terroristic behavior of adults toward children And, many of the characterizations were unrealistic I couldn t finish the book It lacked any type of appeal for me And, I saw no redeeming quality or ray of hope in the story i This is not worth reading Maybe it is the translation partially, but the story itself is very poorly written It sounds like it was written by a 5th grader The chapters are disjointed and change with no sense of connection The story features quite a bit of bullying and terroristic behavior of adults toward children And, many of the characterizations were unrealistic I couldn t finish the book It lacked any type of appeal for me And, I saw no redeeming quality or ray of hope in the story improving by the time I d finished a third of the book past page 100 I intended to read this for my stop in Moldova I disliked the book so much that I m totally bypassing Moldova and just hurrying around the country from Ukraine, straight to Romania What happened in Moldova will stay in Moldova I will add another spot to my itenerary from among the interesting countries I planned to save for next year I don t recommend this book to anyone This hardback is sure to make a satisfying thunk in the garbage can

  10. Nora Nora says:

    There were a few things I really liked about this book the structure despite being called a novel, it isa series of short stories which are sometimes referenced in later chapters, and sometimes not and the language one paragraph is one very, very long sentence, which conveys nicely the bustle often misoriented energy of teenage life and an overwhelming desire to communicate Dragoman only varies this in the last couple of chapters, where sentences actually do end before a paragraph e There were a few things I really liked about this book the structure despite being called a novel, it isa series of short stories which are sometimes referenced in later chapters, and sometimes not and the language one paragraph is one very, very long sentence, which conveys nicely the bustle often misoriented energy of teenage life and an overwhelming desire to communicate Dragoman only varies this in the last couple of chapters, where sentences actually do end before a paragraph ends There are, to my mind, three chapters which are borderline brilliant, Sz mok Numbers about Iza, the abused girl and Djata s newfound sexuality Aranylelet Gold about the clay pit and B s g Abundance about ni, the shop assistant with the alcoholic husband who sometimes stays with Djata s family, and who is probably lynched by the angry townsfolk when the shop runs out of bananas, a rare delicacy in Communist Romania It was good to see that Dragoman has three dimensional female characters, but I would have wanted to knowabout Iza ni s domestic abuse, and its possible resolution one cannot but hope for redemption Iza s figure is especially notable because with her, Djata becomes an abuser a villain himself.Dragoman has a flare for horror and the surreal, but they are always kept in check The way Iza, ni or Janika are built up also reveals the author s writing strategy in the book the horror continues to play out in the reader s imagination once it is over on the page Take Janika s possible death at the hands of the football coach Djata, the first person narrator hears what happens, but he doesn t see there s no proof that Janika lives or dies although he does not appear in any of the later chapters Same with Zsuzsi s abuse at home, and her sexual abuse by Djata the writing only presents us with the acts, but not the consequences One feels that there is no time for that the main storyline presses on This is not a criticism per se the caustic feeling this marching on creates contributes to the atmosphere of the novel, and to the notion of dictatorship it describes A lot depends on atmosphere here the White King, for instance, is not personified, yet he is everywhere All in all, I think Dragoman is a curious, skilled writer I would definitely read from him again

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