(From the publisher):
He thought about the last hours before their escape, thought about the burning houses and the rumbling tanks in peacetime, thought about the machine guns firing into the demonstrators as they waved their red flags. It can't end like that, he told himself. Not like that!
It is Vienna, 1956, shortly after the Hungarian uprising. A young man and his sister have fled their troubled homeland to make a new life for themselves in the West. But all is not as they hoped. Without money or contacts, they soon find themselves trapped in the crowded squalor of a refugee camp, with little hope of rescue.
As they seek to combat their feelings of isolation and their gradual disillusionment with life in the West, the struggle becomes a compelling psychological drama: can Attila and Olga retain their ideals and identities in the face of the overwhelming realities of life in a Western city?
Original title: Das blaue Haus
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 20th Century
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest