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The Book of Fathers: A Novel

by Miklós Vámos

When in 1705 Kornell Csillag's grandfather returns destitute to his native Hungary from exile, he happens across a gold fob-watch gleaming in the mud. The shipwrecked fortunes of the Csillag family suddenly take a new and marvelous turn. The golden watch brings an unexpected gift to the future generations of firstborn sons: clairvoyance. Passed down from father to son, this gift offers the ability to look into the future or back into history-for some it is considered a blessing, for others a curse. No matter the outcome, each generation records its astonishing, vivid, and revelatory visions into a battered journal that becomes known as The Book of Fathers. For three hundred years the Csillag family line meanders unbroken across Hungary's rivers and vineyards, through a land overrun by wolves and bandits, scarred by plague and massacre, and brutalized by despots. Impetuous, tenderhearted, and shrewd, the Csillags give birth to scholars and gamblers, artists and entrepreneurs. Led astray by unruly passions, they marry frigid French noblewomen and thieving alehouse whores. They change their name and their religion, and change them back. They wander from home but always return, and through it all The Book of Fathers bears witness to holocaust and wedding feast alike.

El libro de los padres

by Miklós Vámos

CONOCER EL FUTURO PUEDE SER UNA MALDICIÓNCorre el año 1705 y Cornelius Csiliag vuelve a pisar el suelo de Hungría después de muchos años de exilio. Ahí, en esa tierra húmeda que aun huele a odio, el hombre esconde un tesoro y escribe las primeras palabras de un diario que irá pasando de padres a hijos, cabalgando los años hasta llegar a nuestros días.La familia va creciendo a lo largo del tiempo, pero un hilo secreto une a los varones primogénitos, que tienen la facultad de recordar el pasado más lejano y entrever imágenes del futuro. Sus recuerdos, pesadillas y desvaríos quedarán grabados en El libro de los padres, unas páginas donde las historias se engarzan y los cuerpos vibran, donde la locura anda a sus anchas por palacios y campamentos de guerra, mientras las manos de las mujeres crían hijos y los hombres acunan sueños.Cuando Míklos Vámos quiso escribir esta novela, la intención era volver a los orígenes de su propia familia, pero la imaginación lo llevó mucho más lejos, y así acabó contándonos la Historia de Europa, un cuento que ya es de todos."Después de leer El libro de los padres me quedé con ganas de seguir leyendo más y más con tanto de que lleve la firma de Míklos Vámos."Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review

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